Spent a cloudy and sometimes rainy day up in Caswell County Monday with Roger Blanchard driving about and photographing tobacco barns. I recently learned that this part of North Carolina has many old tobacco barns as well as slave cabins that date back to the early and mid portion of the 19th century. Some of the barns are just too far gone to bother with but several are  interesting and demonstrate the notched log cabin construction that was used then, have been kept in reasonable report, and are attractive subject matter. At he junction of Highway 62 and Bertha Wilson Road is a highway marker stating that  a slave, Stephen Slade, had accidentally discovered the process for flue curing tobacco that resulted in the milder bright leaf tobacco ideal for cigarettes. While today there is a lot of tobacco growing in the area, I think most of it is burley, which is a harsher tobacco used for wrappers and things like that. In this photo the sides of the barn are covered with what is tin although it has a coppery color. One can see the old logs where the metal sheathing has come loose. Other barns are more typical log and chinking construction with tin roofs. Some have bright colors where they were covered with metal siding that had been used previously in other buildings. A nice discussion of this and commentary on remembering tobacco, an integral aspect of North Carolina history and economic development can be found at

Tobacco Barn Caswell County, NC

Tobacco Barn Caswell County, NC



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