It’s harvest time in Kentucky! Tobacco barns were once a ubiquitous sight along Kentucky’s rural highways, but are becoming increasingly rare each year. The barns, used for air-curing tobacco, have declined along with the tobacco industry. Barn designs vary greatly around the country and even within a region – it seems every tobacco farmer has his/her own preference!
As a child, I rarely visited the old family farm where my grandfather grew up. It was rarer still that the visits coincided with the tobacco harvest, but to this day seeing the golden leaves hanging row after row brings on waves of nostalgia. When I see a tobacco barn during harvest time, I can smell the scent of mingling dust and sweet tobacco, feel the steady, heavy heat inside the barn, and see the dust motes drifting and dancing in shafts of bright sunlight from the slatted walls against the dark barn wood and dirt floor. Memory is funny that way, isn’t it?
What are your favorite harvest time sights? Share in the comments!