Monday, September 3, 2012

A tobacco barn…


Before we moved to these parts, I always thought of tobacco as a crop grown in the southern United States.  Therefore, it was a surprise to me when I found out that the long narrow windowless barns that are seen near Bradley (Hartford, Connecticut) Airport are tobacco barns.  Apparently, there are quite a few farms in the Connecticut River Valley that grow and dry tobacco that is used in cigar wrapping. 

I have been on the lookout for a good one to photograph for some time now.  And yesterday on our way home from a holiday cook out, Greg and I hit the jackpot.  Here are some pictures of this very interesting barn we found near Northampton, Massachusetts.  Believe me, I am no fan of tobacco and tobacco related products, but I find these barns quite beautiful and endlessly fascinating.








23 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

i like the venting and the stark black, white and gray tones of the wood!

Genie said...

I have never seen a tobacco barn in use like this. Such a treat to see it hanging there to dry. Of your series the third shot has to be my favorite. Love the 1948. Guess that was the year it was built. A super post. genie

Robert Geiss said...

What great meant to measure time and life. Like them much ! Thank you for this journey through time.

Please have a good Tuesday.

Mama Zen said...

Gorgeous textures!

Amy Burzese said...

I didn't know about tobacco barns. Now I do! Thanks!

Nicki said...

Very interesting - great find.

Jill said...

That is a real find! It's wonderful!

Introverted Art said...

this photos are amazing. The first one of the barn is beautiful.

Deanna said...

Great captures of a interesting barn.

Mari said...

Beautiful pictures! I really like that first shot.

Jessica said...

amazing pictures... thanks for sharing :)

Juliana said...

Оце справді цікаво! Уявляю багатство ароматів, які там вирують! Чудові фото!

xoxo,Juliana
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Tanya said...

beautiful! i think tobacco barns are so neat! there's quite a lot of them here in va!

Tricia Hays said...

1st of all, I love it when they include the date on these ol barns & 2nd, I'm so glad you got pics of it all opened up like that so we can see the inside! LOVE the barn doors!
I'm not a fan of tobacco products, either, esp since I quit smoking almost 2 years ago, but the barns really are very interesting & oh so beautiful! =)

Thanks a million for joining, Barbara

Brian King said...

Wow! I'd say you hit the jackpot! That's a gorgeous barn! I assume that's the year painted on it. If so, it's in great shape!

kleppanrova said...

So naic, we dont have that in Norway its too cold!
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elena nuez said...

I love the textures and colours on this wood!

MEcoy said...

nice shots barbara but isnt that kinda scary every night?

Asiong32 said...

wow, a tobacco barn! amazing!

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Barbara, I have seen similar barns as we've travelled through Lancaster County, PA. And, while we now live on the VA eastern shore we have never seen any tobacco barns here.

karen said...

love this....like soft cloth hanging out to dry. I wonder can you stitch on it....
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Sandra said...

my favorite pic is the top of the barn closeup. truly a beautiful old barn and this surprises me to. i had no idea they grew tobacco up north

Marlo RepurposeMyLife said...

beautiful barn and very interesting post. thanks for sharing.