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Chatham County Historical Association

Preserving and sharing the history of Chatham County North Carolina

Tobacco Farming in Chatham

26 Aug 2021 5:27 PM | Chatham Historical Museum (Administrator)

Tiffany Hancock's grandfather and great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather were tobacco growers in northeast Chatham. The photo here shows her great-great-grandfather, James Cummings, standing in a field of tobacco on his farm off Mt. Pisgah Church Road with a sign advertising the fertilizer that he used.

Back in the early 1900s, the fertilizer companies would recruit local tobacco farmers to help advertise the fertilizer. They would take a picture of the farmer posing with the fertilizer sign while standing in their fields and then publish the photos in various magazines and newspapers. 

#ChathamHistory #ChathamNC #Tobacco #farming 

Many thanks to Tiffany Hancock for sharing this great Chatham photo with us!


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