Smoking Barns in Clarksville
Welcome to fall in Clarksville TN. Part of being acclimated to this area is seeing the smoking barns and having that first sense of panic that sets in that some poor farmer is going to lose his barn and his livestock. Someone had to tell me to relax that all was well.
These smoking barns are purposefully having a controlled fire, creating smoke and heat to dry out the dark fire tobacco that is one of the major agricultural crops in Middle Tennessee. The tobacco hangs in the barns and cures before being sold to the tobacco companies.
An agricultural specialist informed me that dark fire tobacco is used in snuff and chew. The burley tobacco is a ligher colored leaf, grows taller and is more spindly looking. It does not need the smoking barns. This tobacco is harvested and chopped into cigarette tobacco.
So now you know. When you see a smoking barn in the fall in Clarksville, TN, take a deep sniff and you will smell tobacco. It is not a barn burning down, it is a controlled drying process of a tobacco harvest.
This information is provided by The Real Debbie Reynolds, a Realtor in Clarksville TN.