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Tobacco Farming In Transylvania County

Picturing The Past  


Last updated 8/31/2020 at 3:25pm

A group of Little River farmers listen to a discussion on tobacco, 1957. (Courtesy photos)

According to "North Carolina Atlas" by Jule B. Warren and L. Pole Denmark published in 1952 "North Carolina ranked fourth in the nation in the value of farm crops, not including livestock." The leading product by far was tobacco, which had been cultivated in the state since colonial times.

Different varieties of tobacco grow best in different climates and soils. They are also cured in different ways. North Carolina was the leading producer of flue-cured bright leaf tobacco, most of which was grown in the eastern and north central part of the state. Burley tobacco, which is air-cured was g...

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