Created by symphony of love, https://www.flickr.com/photos/pictoquotes/14278702103/sizes/l. [CC-BY-ND-2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/)], via flickr
There is so much of our landscape that we drive by regularly that is historic and unfortunately, often, in a state of decay and decline.
One such category that I often see when I hit the road driving across rural NC and VA are tobacco barns. These oft-neglected buildings are disintegrating and/or encased in kudzu or taken over by other vines. These barns used to be signs of a thriving economy. They are more often now the signs of a changed economy.
As with much of our architectural heritage, the time to save them is now, before it is too late.
I was reminded of the efforts to do just that, preserve these icons of our heritage, when I read Tobacco barn restoration project enters fourth year.
A project on its way to preserving nearly 50 historic tobacco barns in the Dan River Region is getting more help from JTI Leaf Services in Danville. The money will enable the project to offer barn repairs for a fourth year.
Preservation Virginia’s Tobacco Barns Mini-Grants Project will receive an additional $100,000 from JTI to repair and restore more old tobacco barns in Pittsylvania and Halifax counties, and Caswell County in North Carolina, said Preservation Virginia Field Representative Sonja Ingram.
Of course, this got me wondering what other tobacco barn preservation efforts exist. I came across these references …
- NC -- http://www.hpo.ncdcr.gov/ctb/preserve.htm
- MD -- http://www.preservationmaryland.org/tobacco-barns/
- VA -- https://preservationvirginia.org/programs/tobacco-barns-protection-project
- Pittsylvania VA -- http://dhr.virginia.gov/pdf_files/SpecialCollections/PY-111_Pittsylvania_County_Tobacco_Barn_2015_APVA_report.pdf
- KY -- http://www.kentucky.com/news/business/article44475579.html
- General -- http://barnalliance.org/resources/
If a tobacco barn in your area has been restored, please tell us about it!
What tobacco barn restoration projects are you aware of?
copyright © National Genealogical Society, 3108 Columbia Pike, Suite 300, Arlington, Virginia 22204-4370. http://www.ngsgenealogy.org.
NGS does not imply endorsement of any outside advertiser or other vendors appearing in this blog. Any opinions expressed by guest authors are their own and do not necessarily reflect the view of NGS.
Republication of UpFront articles is permitted and encouraged for non-commercial purposes without express permission from NGS. Please drop us a note telling us where and when you are using the article. Express written permission is required if you wish to republish UpFront articles for commercial purposes. You may send a request for express written permission to [email protected] All republished articles may not be edited or reworded and must contain the copyright statement found at the bottom of each UpFront article.
Think your friends, colleagues, or fellow genealogy researchers would find this blog post interesting? If so, please let them know that anyone can read past UpFront with NGS posts or subscribe!
Suggestions for topics for future UpFront with NGS posts are always welcome. Please send any suggested topics to [email protected]
Unless indicated otherwise or clearly an NGS Public Relations piece, Upfront with NGS posts are written by Diane L Richard, editor, Upfront with NGS.
Want to learn more about interacting with the blog, please read Hyperlinks, Subscribing and Comments -- How to Interact with Upfront with NGS Blog posts!