Broadnax in Brunswick County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Tobacco As a Way of Life
Tobacco had many ceremonial uses. Indians used the green leaves of tobacco as a way to purify oneself before a ceremony and placed tobacco at the base of a fire pit when it came time to create a new fire. Tobacco was also offered to the spirits for appeasement and thanks; being thrown into the waters, ground, and air for good fishing, hunting, and travels among other things.
Tobacco was commonly used as direct medicine for ailments like snake bites or bee stings and as part of other roots and plants that were mixed together to form a cure. Tobacco even had a higher standing among other medicines since it was always mixed in boiling water or a bowl first before other ingredients were added.
Socially, both men and women smoked tobacco using clay pipes. Even though smoking was considered common among the Indians, the act of smoking from a ceremonial pipe when discussing matters of state took on an air of ceremony when all parties
Indians raised a different variety of tobacco than the West Indies variety currently used worldwide. They also used the sun to cure the leaves. - Dante Desiderio
Erected by Tobacco Heritage Trail.
Location. 36° 44.134′ N, 77° 57.544′ W. Marker is in Broadnax, Virginia, in Brunswick County. Marker can be reached from Evans Creek Road (County Route 623) one mile north of Governor Harrison Parkway (U.S. 58), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located on the Tobacco Heritage Trail. Marker is in this post office area: Brodnax VA 23920, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bridges of Brunswick County (approx. 0.6 miles away); You are Traveling Through the Scenic Meherrin River Watershed! (approx. ¾ mile away); The American Thoroughbred in Brunswick (approx. 2.7 miles away); Rolling Post Office (approx. 3 miles away); Staunton River Raid (approx. 3.8 miles away); Broadnax (approx. 4.1 miles away); Hospital and School of the Good Shepherd (approx. 4.4 miles away); Mecklenburg County / Brunswick County (approx. 4.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Broadnax.
Also see . . . Tobacco Heritage Trail. (Submitted on May 1, 2016.)
Categories. • Agriculture • Colonial Era • Native Americans •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 1, 2016, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 117 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 1, 2016, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.