There is something nostalgic about observing a historic process like harvesting tobacco in Tennessee. It gives you a glimpse into the culture that paved the way for how things are now, and that is why CheapHumidors.com set off to explore the tobacco fields of Chuckey, Tennessee.
These tobacco farms took off around the 1920’s and the original farm structures still stand today. The barns were originally built to house livestock but quickly became the structures to dry and house the tobacco plants, upon harvesting. The most intriguing aspect behind these historic structures is the fact that they were still standing after the Civil War. While visiting the tobacco farms, the first thing I noticed was how old all the surrounding buildings and barns are. It was overwhelming to think that these structures are older than most humans and have survived numerous battles.
The Civil War made it very difficult for the public to obtain tobacco, whereas the Confederate and Union soldiers seemed to have an unlimited supply. This is because most of the battles in the Civil War took place in the tobacco rich regions. Although both Confederate and Union soldiers favored tobacco, it was the Confederates who preferred the smoking of cigars over the smoking of cigarettes; they found it to be the more fashionable way of enjoying the tobacco plant.
wikipedia.org Harvesting Tobacco in Tennessee by Stephanie Bolen