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In the 1970s, tobacco farmeres began curing their crop in fuel-efficient all-metal bulk barns. Traditional barns like this one fell into disrepair. No longer in use, owners have little incentive to invest in maintaining them. Hurricanes have taken their toll as well.
A stringing shed sheltered work outside the bar. Workers fastened green tobacco leaves to wooden sticks with cotton string. The sticks were hung above flues that ran along the floor of the barn. Early barns heated with brick furnances fueled with wood cut from the owner's forest. in the late 1950s, kerosene and propane gas replaced wood as curing fuels.