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Tobacco Sheds: Vanishing Treasures in the Connecticut
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In recent years, over one thousand tobacco sheds have disappeared from the "Tobacco Valley." This important book systematically catalogues tobacco sheds from Putney, Vermont, to Portland, Connecticut, a span of just over one hundred miles. The photographs capture the beauty of these unique farm buildings and serve as a valuable record for these endangered barns. The text offers the agricultural history of each town, helping to connect sheds to their own unique region of New England. In addition, the book reinforces the need for preserving one of New England’s most unusual farm structures. Many sheds in the Connecticut River Valley are still used to dry tobacco leaves that will wrap some of the world’s most expensive cigars, but, sadly, some are being left to slowly deteriorate over time or are being torn down to make way for development. This book will be treasured by cigar smokers and architectural historians and preservationists alike.
Over 200 beautiful color photos provide a detailed look at a wide variety of tobacco sheds in the Connecticut River Valley. An engaging text delivers a unique look at tobacco sheds from a historical, personal, and an agricultural perspective through the changing seasons. Readers will enjoy an overview of the tobacco industry from the farmer's perspective and tour the valley's rich agricultural history, using interviews and hands-on re-search to capture the essence of this special crop. Learn why it is still an important part of life for the region and how Yankee ingenuity married form and function to solve unique problems presented by fickle weather conditions. Further, the text explores the construction and unique features of tobacco sheds, and how some historic sheds have been transformed, given new life and new uses. This book will be treasured by everyone fascinated with farm architecture and rural New England life.
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