06 March 2017

Tobacco Barns are quickly disappearing -- what's being done to preserve these historic structures?

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Tobacco Barns are quickly disappearing -- what's being done to preserve these historic structures?

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 …

If a tobacco barn in your area has been restored, please tell us about it!

What tobacco barn restoration projects are you aware of?

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