Thursday, December 22, 2011

Tobacco Barns

Back in Hartford.  The Connecticut River valley north of Hartford has been the home of tobacco-growing farms for 150 years.  Tobacco is grown under netting in the spring and early summer.  After harvesting, it cures in sheds like these.  Connecticut Shade Tobacco's broad leaves are used for wrapping premium cigars.

24 comments:

brattcat said...

we pass sheds like these every time we go to the airport. nicely done, jack.

Lowell said...

I had no idea tobacco was grown in Ct. Very interesting. I'd love a premium cigar right now - actually, I'd love just about any cigar right now. Unfortunately, I don't smoke cigars anymore. My doctor says that's a "no-no" and I always do what my doctor says!

Kate said...

That's a fair number of shed so this farm must yield quite a bit of that cancer-bearing stuff.

VP said...

I like this dark kind of red.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I remember seeing tobacco sheds just like these when I lived in Central Africa Jack. I saw a program the other day where they were showing the many other things that you can use tobacco for apart from cigarettes and cigars. Apparently tobacco ash is excellent for keeping rats away, they don't like the smell.

Sharon said...

I'm wondering if you can smell the tobacco when you are near these barns.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

I also was unfamiliar with Connecticut tobacco. I have a cigar-related post in my queue in about a week.

Luis Gomez said...

These are very interesting images Jack.

Malyss said...

I thought tobacco came from south..The place seems very sad, all doors closed, noone around..

Choppography said...

Very interesting. Shows what I know. I thought tobacco was a southern crop. I didn't know any grew north of the Carolinas. Neat barns, too.

Lorelle said...

I can't say I care much for tobacco, but the barns are beautiful!

Sylvia K said...

What an interesting post, Jack! I didn't know tobacco was grown in Connecticut either -- always thought it was a purely southern product. Shows what happens when you think you know so much!!! I'm not a smoker, but I do love those red barns! Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!!

Sylvia

cieldequimper said...

Joining the list of those who didn't know. I love the weathered barn look.

RedPat said...

There is a large tobacco-growing area in Ontario too but with the drop in cigarette sales many of the farmers are changing their fields over to other crops and using the sheds for other things!

Regina K said...

We have an old tobacco barn around Kansas City, I toured a barn and found the information quite interesting. I was surprised to find one in our area and now seeing Hartford's I imagine they are in many more areas of country. The read paint on the bottom photo is spectacular.

Kay said...

Looks like you've informed a lot of us today, Jack. I too thought tobacco was a more southerly crop. Can't say I'm a tobacco fan, but the barns have their own charm.

sheila lynch said...

when I was a youngster ( a century ago:) growing up in East Longmeadow, one of the only ways for under 16 to make money was to pick tobacco in the summer, long hot grueling work. Most of my friends did, I babysat. I love the simplicity of the barns, great shots

Farmchick said...

There are many tobacco barns in my area. They are painted black and I love the slats/doors that help dry out the leaf.

Shannon said...

I'll echo the other thoughts here, very interesting post!

I won't be back online for a few days, so I wanted to wish you a warm, Merry Christmas and the best life has to offer in 2012. I'm looking forward to catching up on your photos again when I get back : - )

Shannon (used to do the Sequim photo blog)

Randy said...

These are huge. Must house alot of tobacco.

Virginia said...

I guess tobacco farms aren't so PC these days. I love the rough texture and color of these barns though.
V

joo said...

They look nice:)

Dawn said...

Nice color in these. Didn't realize they had farms for tobacco set up like this. It's quaint:)

SRQ said...

Interesting. I'm with Lowell -- I didn't know tobacco is grown in CT. Love the weathered look of the barns.