Tobacco Life

The old barns for flue-curing bright leaf tobacco still dot the countryside here. But they aren’t used any more. Someday they’ll be gone.



Hand-hewn logs, daubed with mud and rocks


The leaves were cured by burners, first wood and later oil. They hung on poles like these, strung together on tobacco sticks.


We would straddle the poles and hang the sticks as they were handed up to us.

One of my first jobs, before I was big enough to go the field, was handing leaves to the stringer–three at a time, stems straight and aligned.




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