Tobacco Barns in Winter
On a recent drive in central Connecticut I came across a tobacco farm. Yes, Connecticut was once a major producer of tobacco leaves used to wrap cigars. There are still operating tobacco barns, like this one. These barns are giants – they go on for what seems to be forever! The length of the barn in this picture is not a trick of the eye – it is really, REALLY long. I like how the tire tracks in the snow-dusted drive harmonize with the ridges in the ground beside the barn. I’m not sure if the green in the field is actually tobacco or not. The tobacco leaves are dried on long racks in the barns. The siding runs up and down rather than lengthwise so that boards can be removed easily to created cross-currants of air to assist the drying process. So glad that they are still examples of these wonderful barns in working order for folks like me to photograph!
Anne Freeman Images: “The Art of the Outdoors”