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Rise and Decline of the Log Tobacco Barn


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According to Joseph Robert's THE STORY OF TOBACCO IN AMERICA, methods for curing the golden leaf have changed through the years, but a barn of some type has been central to the process from the very beginning. Log-constructed tobacco curing barns were widely used in North Carolina from the 1600s well into the 20th century, even as curing methods changed from wood fires to oil and gas furnaces in the 1940s and 1950s. By the 1960s, new barn construction was modeled after modern stick-built homes, including electric furnaces for curing, and the old log barns, dilapidated from neglect, began to slowly disappear.
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