Growing Tobacco in North Carolina

Trip Start Apr 06, 2014
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Trip End Apr 20, 2014


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Flag of United States  , North Carolina
Saturday, April 26, 2014

Beautiful morning for coffee on the deck... and then a 40-mile drive west to Ron's house in between Selma and Kenly. This area is on the edge of North Carolina's Sandy Lowlands and was a prime tobacco growing region.

Ron's family has lived in this area for generations. His great-grandparents' original 1880's home and other farm buildings have been restored as the Tobacco Farm Life Museum north of Kenly. Ron took us through the buildings and explained the process from planting to harvesting, drying, storing, selling. The museum also had a video showing modern tobacco farming plus a museum displaying items from typical daily life on a depression-era family farm.

Boyette Slave and School House is an early 18th century building with a rare mud and sticks chimney.

I had a wonderful opportunity to meet Ron's extended family over a dinner celebration and to try a variety of southern dishes including slow-cooked ribs, cheese grits, black-eyed peas, and custard pie. Ron's dog Sarah supervised.
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Peg on

Look at those beautiful flowers. And what history you are seeing! Great

Diane on

Beautiful floral photos.

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