As a Northerner moving to North Carolina a few years ago, I was puzzled as to what these strange looking barns were dotting the countryside. Quite tall and narrow, with few to no windows and sometimes sporting a lean-to or covered/shaded area. Of course, I realize now I live in what had been the heart of the tobacco industry. I was in Virginia this past weekend and wish I had stopped to take a few photos of this style of barn. I guess that means a rode trip! The tobacco barn photographed for today's post resides in Summerfield, NC.
I've linked this post to Bluff Area Daily's "Barn Charm #59. Do yourself a favor and click to enjoy amazing beauty!
I am not a proponent of smoking, but this is a slice of the south's history and something about these funny looking barns draws me to photograph them. Some have been restored and reside next to residential properties in small towns, but many sit dejectedly atop fields of weeds.
This is the first of a series of photos I plan to expand upon. I might be incorrect in labeling any barn a "tobacco" barn, and please let me know if you think I am in error. At fist I didn't think the metal barn was such as I thought they had to be made of wood. But a quick google search leads me to believe this is not so. Or maybe, this barn had been entirely made of wood at one time and it has been "repaired" inexpensively. I don't know.