Virtual Tour of a Tobacco Barn in Pittsylvania County
This is a virtual tour of a tobacco barn on White Oak Mountain in the community of Blairs in Pittsylvania County. The structure, which dates from about 1890, is a two-part barn that served as a combined curing and pack barn. The curing barn section, made of hand-hewn logs, was used to flue-cure bright-leaf tobacco leaves that were hung inside the barn on tier poles. The pack barn section was used to store and grade cured tobacco leaves before they were taken to the market. The pack barn section also has what is referred to as an "ordering pit"—a damp pit where cured leaves were placed to collect moisture so that they would be pliable enough for easy handling.