TOBACCO INDUSTRY IN THE SOUTHEAST

For a very good  history of tobacco.
 
A good reference for many  tobacco web sites  

Here are  pictures of tobacco barns  


Here are more  pictures of tobacco barns

WHAT IS IT ?
Here is a quotation from the North Carolina State University archives "Tobacco is related to garden vegetables, flowers, weeds, and poisonous herbs such as potatoes,tomatoes, eggplant, petunias, jimson wood, ground cherries, and nightshade. The family of plants is Solanaceae; the genus Nicotiana contains about 100 species, only two of which have been extensively cultivated. Nicotiana tabacam is used in cigarettes and tobacco and is the predominant type of crop tobacco." end of quote.. For further information please consult the site above. Here are the types of tobacco grown today
  • FLUE-CURED
  • BURLEY
  • FIRE-CURED
  • SOUTHERN
  • DARK AIR-CURED
  • ALL CIGAR TYPES
Here are the States that grow Tobacco:
NORTH CAROLINA                      FLORIDA             
KENTUCKY                            CONNECTICUT         
TENNESSEE                           PENNSYLVANIA        
SOUTH CAROLINA                      MARYLAND            
VIRGINIA                            MISSOURI            
GEORGIA                             WISCONSIN           
OHIO                                MASSACHUSETTS       
INDIANA                             WEST VIRGINIA       
Tobacco is also grown in Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, New Mexico and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
HOW IS IT SHIPPED ?
The tobacco plants are harvested and cured locally, in the fall brought to Auction Warehouses for sale to processors. Before the advent of gasoline/diesel trucks most was hauled in wagons. Much of the purchased tobacco at the Auction Houses is transported by truck. Some is loaded into box cars and taken to cigarette plants etc. After processing into cigarettes, cigars and snuff the finished products are shipped by rail in box cars and truck by highway. Export tobacco products leave the East Coast at Norfolk, Va.,Wilmington, NC., Charleston, Sc., Savannah, Ga. and Tampa, Fl.
WHAT IS IT USED FOR ?
Tobacco products are smoked, chewed, dipped and sniffed. For an idea of the commercial value of tobacco products see Friends of Tobacco .
S.A. McCALL