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Judith Wellman <[log in to unmask]>
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A LISTSERV list for discussions pertaining to New York State history." <[log in to unmask]>
Sat, 28 May 2005 11:51:04 -0400
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The 1880 printed U.S. has a plan for a tobacco barn, one of which was 
actually built in the Town of Granby, Oswego County. It fell down a 
couple of years ago. (See Wellman, Landmarks of Oswego County, Syracuse 
University Press, 1987). Tobacco growing in central New York expanded 
rapidly during the Civil War, as supplies were cut off from the South. 
Best, Judy Wellman

On May 26, 2005, at 7:10 AM, Bob Arnold wrote:

> Tobacco growing began in Central New York as a xcash crop with the
> arrival of Germans after 1848. It continued until a disastrous 
> hailstorm
> ruined the crop circa 1918. After that, the tobacco growers grew
> cabbage. My family in the Town of Elbridge, Onondaga County, grew and
> cured tobacco, had a purpose-bui barnm for it that finally burned in
> late 1945.
> BHY the way, in Laura Ingalls Wilder's Farmer Boy, set in St. Lawrence
> or Franklin County, I believe.. There is a passage on sowing tobacco.
>>>> [log in to unmask] 5/24/2005 3:36:09 PM >>>
> I don't know specifically about Albany County, but tobacco was and is
> grown
> surprisingly widely (Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, Maryland, Connecticut
> and in
> prior years Pennsylvania).  Different varieties have different cultural
> and
> curing practices (i.e., shade grown, sun-cured, fire-cured, flue-cured)
> and
> uses (cigar filler, cigar binder).  A "tobacco barn" might have been
> used for
> storing and curing the tobacco.
>  I grew up in Broome County on a farm that supposedly had grown tobacco
> in the
> 19th century.  Never confirmed it.
> Bill Harshaw
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Harold Miller" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Thursday, May 19, 2005 1:45 PM
>> A two hundred year old farm in the Town of Berne has a brick
> outbuilding
>> with no windows. The owners refer to it as a tobacco barn. It has no
>> windows. A similar sized brick building on a nearby farm was built as
> slave
>> quarters. It has a window and a beehive oven in back. Would tobacco
> have
>> been a crop grown in the hills of western Albany County in the late
> 18th
>> Century? Would a tobacco barn have been built of brick?
>> The farm with the "tobacco barn" will be open for a tour of three
> local
>> Dutch Barns that is in the will be tour Saturday morning 9-12, June
> 16
>> during Berne Heritage Days.
>> Harold Miller
>> Berne Historical Project www.Bernehistory.org
>> Berne Heritage Days 2005 July 15, 16, and 17
Judith Wellman, Ph.D.
Director, Historical New York Research Associates
Professor Emerita, State University of New York at Oswego
2 Harris Hill Road, Fulton, New York 13069
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