Tobacco Barns Project

I recently had the opportunity to join a group from Preservation Virginia as they toured the backroads of Southside Virginia. The visit to the area was part of the Tobacco Barns Preservation Project to check out some of the barns that have been preserved as well as some that are candidates for preservation funding.

While tobacco is still grown in the area, many of the old tobacco barns are no longer in use. Preserving them maintains a connection to the agricultural heritage of this region as well as contributing to the rural landscape. To learn more about this project visit the project’s own page on the Preservation Virginia website. A few photos from the trip follow…

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We also visited the town of South Boston, one time a major market for the area’s tobacco industry. Today it is a relatively quiet town with an active arts community but still maintains ties to its agricultural roots. Here are a few photos from around town:

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South Boston (yes, named after the town in Massachusetts) is on the Danville River and close to the North Carolina border.

The town of South Boston has painted its fire hydrants in the downtown area to represent some of the notable people from the city’s past. Here are a few of the painted hydrants:

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All photos by Steve Trumbull, © C’ville Images

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