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Decatur County Historical Markers

Shade Grown Tobacco

  • Source: David Seibert
  • Marker: Shade Grown Tobacco
  • Location: US 27 median at Amsterdam, SE of Bainbridge


Cigar wrapper tobacco was grown only in a small area of Georgia, Florida and the Connecticut River Valley from the 1840’s to 1975. During the 1890’s, wooden arbors began to be used to make the leaves lighter and thinner. Later, cheese cloth tents were used to filter sunlight and keep insects out. After World War II, production was mechanized, but the cultivation of tobacco still remained one of the most labor intensive crops grown. With the extension of wage and hour to farm labor, costs rose to $7,000 per acre making the growing of tobacco economically prohibitive. Thus ended an era of nearly 150 years.

Erected by the Historic Chattahoochee Commission Decatur County Commission and Decatur County Historical Society 1986