That’s a tobacco barn. We have lots of them around us and I have lots of pictures of the barns, the shade-cloth-covered fields they reside in and the tobacco that grows under that cloth.
I don’t smoke. I don’t think people should smoke. I’m not a fan of big tobacco, medium-sized tobacco or little tobacco but I love driving by these fields. The families who own these tobacco fields have been growing tobacco forever. Windsor, the town where these pictures were taken, is arguably Connecticut’s first town. I say “arguably” because Wethersfield argues that they are the first town. Both towns have signs that say “First Town.” Both mention it during parades and on their alleged anniversaries. Windsor is closer to me, so they win.
If you can’t settle this like grown-ups, then I’ll decide.
Anyway, they’ve been growing tobacco in CT since 1633. They being the white settlers who forced the Indians out of the neighborhood. The Indians had the first town, but they never incorporated. They were also growing tobacco before the settlers arrived, but you know who writes the history books.
Still, these guys work hard, under very uncomfortable conditions and like every other farmer in the world, they are at the mercy of Mother Nature. I give them a ton of credit for keeping this business alive for centuries.
They are growing tobacco under shade cloth so they can emulate the conditions on Islands close to the equator. They’ve been growing tobacco under shade since 1900, and the practice started on the farms within walking distance of these fields. CT Shade Tobacco is used as the wrapper leaves on high quality cigars. I hope you enjoy the pictures. Be sure to check out the one in the smaller set titled “Is It Just Me?” Do you see the lady ?
This post is part of Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors series. You’re welcome to play.