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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