Our earliest ancestors who settled
in Virginia about 1630 and later moved to North Carolina in the early 1700’s
were believed to have grown tobacco.
In 1804 our ancestors moved to Tennessee and settled a few miles from our
present day farm location and purchased many acres of land and so began our
family’s history of tobacco growing in Tennessee.
heritage of growing tobacco as a cash crop continued until 2002 when after 150+
years and many, many generations of tobacco farmers it all came to an end. After
raising tobacco for over 38 years myself, I was the last one in the family to
grow tobacco for farm income. It was a heart wrenching decision to make but
with the politics and the never ending obstacles in producing a tobacco crop
in the 21st century I felt it was the only practical option. I still
grow a little for the pure enjoyment of 'working' the crop. It is in my blood
and my earliest memories are of being in the “tobacco patch”.
loss of tobacco as a cash crop for farm income and with my years of working
at preserving heirloom and old
my interests naturally lead me towards preserving the rare
tobacco seed varieties
of long ago. I can remember my grandfather talking of some of these old varieties.
So I began to search out and hopefully locate some of the old varieties and
grow out to see if they matched the original historical documentation and if
so, place them back into growers hands to insure their continued preservation.
As time allows,
it is our hope and desire to add historical information on growing, harvesting, curing