Tobacco barn photos show appreciation for farming history

By Monica Holland for The Fayetteville Observer—They used to be prominent, cropping up from the land like the yellowing leaves they’d housed across miles and miles of Carolina farm country.

A monument to the charm of country life, tobacco barns have stood for everything from good, honest work to the trust and reliance of family to the camaraderie of people with a job to do.

But now they’re all falling down.

“My heart goes out to these old, useless things from a bygone era,” says Steve Starling, whose father and grandfather worked the Sampson County soil for a living. “Unfortunately, in farming there are plenty of things like that, but I guess tobacco barns have become so useless that folks don’t even tear them down.”

By the time Starling came along, modular, metal, rack-bearing barns had replaced many of the old, high-gabled 20-foot-by-20-foot wooden barns for curing tobacco.

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