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Millersville in Anne Arundel County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Tobacco Barn

 
 
Tobacco Barn Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, October 24, 2016
1. Tobacco Barn Marker
Inscription. Once harvested, tobacco leaves were placed on stakes and then hung across large poles from the ceiling down, to cure or dry and preserve the leaves. Curing was accomplished by a variety of ways, including using heated metal pipes or flues, wood smoke, air, or sun. Maryland tobacco was air-cured, so barns were built with slats, that could be opened to allow for optimal air flow.

After four to eight weeks the tobacco was cured and ready to be 'graded'. Leaf color, size, texture, and position on stalk were all taken into 'grades' of tobacco. The leaves were then tied together, in bundles or 'hands', and packed into hogshead barrel by a tobacco prize to be taken to market.

Originally located on property previously owned by John J. Lerch III, in Gambrills, Maryland, this tobacco barn is believe to have been built around 1910. Due to the development of a recreational park on the property, the barn was relocated to Kinder Farm Park in August, 1998. Given the extensive damage, only the inside framework of the original barn could be salvaged. The frame was kept in order by attaching small numbered tags, some of which can still be seen inside the barn. New siding was milled from rough-cut yellow poplar and galvanized steel was used for the roof. The barn was completed in March, 1999.
 
Location.
Tobacco Barn Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, October 24, 2016
2. Tobacco Barn Marker
Closeup on the left photo showing the Tobacco Barn at its original location, circa 1995, in Gambrills, Maryland, about 5 miles southwest of its current location.
39° 6.008′ N, 76° 34.928′ W. Marker is in Millersville, Maryland, in Anne Arundel County. Marker can be reached from Kinder Farm Park Road 0.3 miles west of Jumpers Hole Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is within the paid-area of Kinder Farm Park, next to the Tobacco Barn Museum. Marker is in this post office area: Millersville MD 21108, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Kinder Farmhouse Project (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Earleigh Heights Store (approx. 0.7 miles away); Governor William Stone (approx. 1.7 miles away); Shipley’s Choice (approx. 2.1 miles away); Freetown (approx. 2.3 miles away); a different marker also named Shipley’s Choice (approx. 2.7 miles away); Widow Ramsey’s Tavern (approx. 2.8 miles away); a different marker also named Shipley's Choice (approx. 2.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Millersville.
 
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Tobacco Barn Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, October 24, 2016
3. Tobacco Barn Marker
Tobacco Barn Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, October 24, 2016
4. Tobacco Barn Marker
Marker is in the nearest corner of the barn in this photo.
Tobacco Barn image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, October 21, 2016
5. Tobacco Barn
Showing side of the barn opposite from the marker.
Tobacco Barn Interior image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, October 24, 2016
6. Tobacco Barn Interior
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 24, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 24, 2016, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 194 times since then and 89 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 24, 2016, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.
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