The Tobacco Tour

The Tobacco Tour

The Tobacco Tour


Jamestown, VA

The very birthplace. This is where it all began.

  • The Colonial National Historic Park (Jamestown, Colonial Williamsburg and Yorktown)
  • For information on Jamestown and Colonial National Park, call (804) 898-3400 or write to P.O. Box 210, Yorktown, Va. 23690. For details on Williamsburg, call (800) 447-8679 or write to P.O. Box 2776, Williamsburg, Va. 23187. Call the Williamsburg Hotel/Motel Association at (800) 446-9244 for free reservations. - King

    Jamestown is half way between Richmond and Norfolk. Take Interstate 95 to Interstate 64 east in Richmond, then follow the signs for Williamsburg. Directions to Jamestown and Yorktown are prominently marked near Williamsburg. Amtrak, which runs service on the East Coast to Richmond and Williamsburg, or fly into Richmond or Norfolk International Airports.

    You'll find more information here

    Adventure travellers might enjoy a trip of canoeing, kayaking and camping along the plantation-lined, historic James River

    Richmond, VA

  • Virginia State Library
  • Ref. library on early history, tobacco

    Virginia State Library
    12th St. & Capitol Square
    Richmond, VA 23219
    (804) 786-8929
    M-Sat 8:15-5PM

  • Virginia Historical Society

    428 North Boulevard
    Richmond, VA 23220
    Telephone: (804) 358-4901
    Fax: (804) 355-2399
    Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. to 5p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. to 5p.m (Museum Galleries only).
  • The Story of Virginia
      A comprehensive, long-term exhibit on the history of the commonwealth, The Story of Virginia, an American Experience covers more than 10,000 square feet and contains more than 1,000 objects.
      Contact and Conflict focuses on the settlement of colonial Virginia and the complex interactions between its English, Native American, and African inhabitants. Tobacco saved the English colony but resulted in the Indians being driven from their lands and enslaved Africans being brought here to work the tobacco fields. The only known likeness of Pocahontas from life is shown with gold buttons from a hat she wore when visiting England. An original dugout canoe made with European tools illustrates the interaction of the English and American Indians.

    Philip Morris Manufacturing Center

    The largest cigarette plant in the US is here in South Richmond. Every day it processes 1.2 million pounds of tobacco to produce 600 million cigarettes. WHERE TO STAY: The Jefferson Hotel (804/788-8000) is a National Historic Landmark originally opened in 1895 by Major Lewis Ginter, a Civil War veteran and inventor of the first mass-produced cigarette. Its winding, 26-step staircase is said to have served as the model for the grand staircase in "Gone With the Wind" (it didn't), and its 274 rooms are done in 19th Century reproduction furnishings. Weekend rates range from $145 to $205, double. The Berkeley Hotel in Shockoe Slip (804/780-1300; doubles start at $105) is an elegant, European-style hotel two blocks from the Capitol. The Holiday Inn-Historic District (804/644-9871; doubles from $64) is a clean, reasonable choice. WHERE TO EAT: The Frog and the Redneck (804/648-3764) is a hot spot in Richmond whose nouvelle French/New Southern fare includes fresh seafood, pasta and meat entrees. Dinner runs $25 to $35 per person, excluding wine. (The Frog is Jean Louis Palladin, who is here in name only and under whom the Redneck, Jimmy Sneed, cooked for six years at the Watergate.) The Tobacco Company (804/782-9555), just up the street in a converted tobacco warehouse in Shockoe Slip, is a high-energy bar/restaurant with international and local cuisine. Mr. Patrick Henry's Inn (804/644-1322), near the center of town on East Broad Street in two restored 19th-century

    Henrico, VA

    Lynchburg, VA

    The James River Batteau Festival

    "The James River Batteau is a flat bottomed boat which was used to transport tobacco from areas of Central Virgina to Richmond during the late 1700's. The boats were generally from 6-8 feet wide, 40-50 feet long and were constructed of white oak. For the past 15 years the James River Batteau Festival has been held in June to celebrate these boats and the important role they played in Virginia history. The public is invited to come and see the boats at any one of our 8 festival sites. Anyone interested in constructing a boat and joining the festival can get started through this website. The 2001 James River Batteau Festival will be held Friday June 15th through Saturday June 23th. Friday evening there will be dinner, music and other activities on Percival's Island in downtown Lynchburg beginning at 7:00 PM. Saturday the batteaux will depart at 10:00 AM for the 8 day, 120 mile adventure down the James River. This year it is expected that about 17 batteaux will participate in the festival. The flat bottomed boats will relive the river trade of the 1700's when the James River played a major role in getting tobacco and other goods to Richmond. "

    McLean, VA

    The Claude Moore Colonial Farm

    Visitors step back in time to the year 1771, when Virginia was an English colony and tobacco was the basis for the economy. On this small farm, visitors can watch the farmer as he follows the traditional cycles of planting, cultivating and harvesting using the tools of the period. The farm wife looks after the domestic duties, including the children, the one-room log house, the cows and chickens, and the kitchen garden. Visitors can ask questions of the family as they go about their duties; the costumed characters are happy to explain what they are doing or talk about life in the colony.

    An 18th-Century Market Fair will be held on the third full weekends in May, July and October.

    Open Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from mid-April until Dec. 15, except during inclement weather and on Thanksgiving Day. The farm is on Colonial Farm Road at 6310 Georgetown Pike, a half-mile from the intersection with Dolley Madison Boulevard in McLean. Admission is $2 for adults; $1 for senior citizens and ages 3 through 12 (younger free). Call (703)442-7557.

    Pea Ridge, VA

    Howard Mayo's Museum

    Howard Mayo, 67, has spent half his life collecting the memorabilia that fill his 40-foot-long museum

    South Hill, VA

    Tobacco Farm Life Museum of Virginia

    Across the street from the Visitor's Bureau, this small, homey and personal museum, is run by Pat Farrer, who as a girl grew up on a tobacco farm. The museum focuses ont the lifestyle and activities of the farm family during the early 1900s and offers displays on the production of tobacco from seed to market. An authentic strip room, and hand-cut log barn are on site. Pat gives a wonderful guided tour, and the museum is beautifully done in a flavorful rustic mode. It's all quite charming. The day I was there an ex-tobacco farmer and his family were swapping reminiscences. Highly recommended.

    306 West Main St.
    South Hill, VA 23970
    (804) 447-2551

    9-12 Noon, 1-4PM Thursday through Saturday.

    N.B.: A few blocks away, at the Virginia S. Evans Doll Museum, you can see a "smoking doll," used to promote smoking to women in the 20s.
    201 S. Mecklenburg Ave.

    Danville, VA

    National Tobacco-Textile Museum

    Agriculture & advertising art, periodicals fm 1830s

    National Tobacco-Textile Museum
    PO Box 541, 614 Lynn St.
    Danville, VA 22117
    (804) 797-9437
    M-F 9-4:30

    North Carolina

    The Outer Banks, NC 1585: It was here, on Roanoke Island, that Thomas Hariot and John White first saw Native American tobacco use. A Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of VIRGINIA (1588-1590)
  • 1587: The Lost Colony
      On a hot July day in 1587, 117 men, women, and children set foot on a New World. Their benefactor, Sir Walter Raleigh, had long dreamed of a permanent settlement, and finally, despite the threat of war with Spain, Queen Elizabeth I had consented.

    Kenly, NC

    The very epicenter of tobacco farming in the US--over half the US tobacco crop is grown within 50 miles of Kenley

    Tobacco Farm Life Museum

    History, artifacts, and the mechanics of growing tobacco and manufacturing cigarettes.
    You can read about it in the 9/5/97 Raleigh News & Observer and the 5/3/01 Raleigh News & Observer
    Route 301 in Kenley at the Johnston-Wilson county line--just off Exit 107 of Interstate 95.
    Admission: $2 for adults, $1 for children and senior citizens age 65 and over. For school and tour group rates or to make advance reservations, inquire about memberships or obtain more information: (919) 284-3431" BUSINESS: WEBSITE:

    Wilson, NC

    19 tobacco warehouses make Wilson one of the largest tobacco markets in the U.S. (the third-largest in the world is in Zimbabwe)

    The Growers Cooperative Warehouse

    This is a huge, corrugated steel building 5 football fields long--filled with mounds of tobacco, if you hit it during the right season. Watch the fast-paced, high-pressure, nearly incomprehensible auction process.

    On Route 301. Between July and October, arrange for a personal guided tour by calling Wilson Visitors Bureau, run by the Chamber of Commerce (252-237-0165).

    Durham, NC

    Nee The Bull City; now City of Medicine USA; pop: 200,000
    Durham Visitor Information Center (919) 687-0288 or (800) 446-8604.
    Lodging hotline for peak periods (919) 687-0288.

    Brightleaf Square

    Dine in one of the many restaurants in these 2 converted 19th-century brick tobacco warehouses that are part of Durham's attempt at downtown urban renewal. All the shops and boutiques carry signs that read, This is a smoke-free facility

    Liggett & Myers Tobacco Co. Plant

    The smell of tobacco here is one of Durham's trademarks.

    Duke University

    In 1924 Buck Duke offered Trinity College $40 million if it would change its name to Duke University. No problem. See the monument to his father, Washington Duke, at the head of Campus Drive.

    Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club

    Lots of Duke family memorabilia around this Duke U.-owned 18-hole club.
    (919) 490-0999.

    Duke Homestead and Tobacco Museum

    See the Latest exhibits here:

    See nearby attractions and lodging at: Step into History

    The womb of the tobacco business as we know it today. A working tobacco farm, mock auctions, holiday events, special depictions of occasions in tobacco country with a concentration on the 1870s, a newsletter, olden ads and memorabilia and more. Sponsored by NC's Tobacco History Corporation. Still standing Is:
    • Washington Duke's Original Home, built in 1852

      Duke lived in this house with his family until 1874.
    • Washington Duke's original log "tobacco factory"

    • The very log structure where, after the Civil War, Duke and his sons Buck and Ben stuffed their "Bright Leaf" tobacco into bags, and hand-labeled it, "Pro Bono Publico"--For the Public Good.

    Suggested Reading: The Dukes of Durham 1865-1929, Robert F. Durden, Duke University Press, 1987.

    Duke Homestead State Historic Site
    2828 Duke Homestead Road
    Durham, NC 27705
    (919) 477-5498
    Apr-Oct, M-Sat 9-5, Sun 1-5
    Nov-Mar, Tue-Sat 10-4, Sun 1-4

    J. Walter Thompson Archives

    J. Walter Thompson Archives
    Duke University, William Perkins Library
    Durham, NC 28352
    (919) 276-5880
    M-F 8-5, Sat 9-12:30

    The American Tobacco Trail

    The American Tobacco trail follows the path of old rail beds that brought tobacco to the American Tobacco warehouse in Durham.

    North Carolina Office of Archives and History

    109 E. Jones St.
    Raleigh, NC 27601
    Web Site:

    Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast

    914 Vickers Ave
    Durham, NC 27701
    Tel: (919) 687-4366
    Fax: (919) 687-4245
    Originally built for the CEO of Liggett and Meyers

    Raleigh, NC

    The State Capital

    North Carolina Museum of History

    Heavily contributed to by the RJ Reynolds family.

    North Carolina Museum of Art

    Again, heavily contributed to by the Reynolds family.

    Historic Stagville

    A pre-Civil War homestead and tobacco farm in Durham County. For more information, contact:
    Historic Stagville
    P.O. Box 71217
    Durham, N.C. 27722-1217
    (919) 620-0120.

    Winston-Salem, NC

    June, 1996: In this city of 150,000, 7,500 people work for RJR, but the leading employer today is the Bowman Gray/Baptist Hospital Medical Center, which specializes in research on arteriosclerosis--including that caused by secondhand smoke. Bowman Gray was an RJR president and board chairman (1931) who guided the company through the twenties and thirties.

    Restored colonial Salem

    Reynolda House Museum of American Art

    One of the finest collections of American Art in the South is housed in the elegant home which tobacco titan Richard Joshua Reynolds built in the 'teens for himself and his wife and three children. (Suggested reading: Patrick Reynolds' The Guilded Leaf, Little, Brown, 1989)

    R.J. Reynolds' Whitaker Park cigarette plant

    Capacity: 275 million cigarettes a day. Take a free tour, as 34,000 did in 1995. Note: Tours were cancelled as of Jan. 1, 1998. The gift shop and an exhibit area that has tobacco memorabilia, artifacts, and more than 100 years of tobacco-related advertising on display are still open.
    (336) 741-5718

    Winston Cup Museum

    1335 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
    Winston-Salem, NC
    Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12.

    South Carolina

    Mullins, SC

    The Golden Leaf Festival

    is held the fourth weekend in September (Sept. 28,29 this year), celebrating the Pee Dee area's rich tobacco heritage. Only one hour Northwest of Myrtle Beach.
    Call co-chair Ann Wethington at 803-464-6204
    Or Call 803-464-6651

    Mullins Railroad Depot

    Money difficulties have delayed plans for a tobacco museum and open air market here. Still, the depot is being used by the Greater Mullins Chamer of Commerce to greet tourists coming to visit warehouses and tobacco auctions here in South Carolina's largest tobacco market, where $60 million worth of tobacco is sold in three weeks. The heart of the season is late July/early August, when the Marion Star and Mullins Enterprise prints its special, Marion County Tobacco Market section.
    Mullins City Hall (Information): 803-464-9583
    Marion City Hall (Information): 803-423-5961


    Nicholls, GA

    Tobacco Saturday
    July 21, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    General Coffee State Park
    46 John Coffee Rd.
    Nicholls, Ga.
    Tour Heritage Farm and learn about tobacco growing and its historical significance to Coffee County. The park stresses it isn't encouraging tobacco use, but illuminating the crop's economic importance. The demonstration runs from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and includes watermelon snacks (watermelon juice helped tobacco pickers wash off tobacco tar).


    Nashville, TN

    Museum of Tobacco Art and History

    [This museum was closed by UST in the late '90s--gb]


    Location: At the corner of 8th Ave. North (Rt. 41-A) and Harrison St.

    The Museum is sponsored by the U.S.Tobacco Co.

    AREAS OF INTEREST:Tobacco-related art artifacts and historical materials that illustrate the influence and contribution of tobacco on art, the economy, and history.

    HOLDINGS:A permanent collection that includes fine art prints, tobacconists' figures, cigar maker's bench, meerschaum pipes, snuff boxes, advertising art, and tobacco-related antiques and collectibles from around the world.

    INFORMATION SERVICES:Answers inquiries; provides advisory and reference services; conducts tours and slide/talk lectures; lends materials and exhibits; makes referrals to other sources of information. Services are free and available to anyone by appointment.

    Facilities include a gift shop.

    LIMITATIONS:Free, restricted; APPRV DATE: 90/02; INFO DATE: 90/02

    Museum of Tobacco Art and History
    800 Harrison St.
    Nashville, TN 37203
    Tel:(615) 242-9218 Tue-Sat, 10-4


    Louisville, KY

    Brown & Williamson HQ

    1500 Brown & Williamson Tower
    See the building Jeffrey Wigand stared at in The Insider; B&W moved out to merge with RJR in Winston-Salem in 2004.

    Louisvilles tobacco district

    rom 1865-1929, Louisville passed New Orleans to become the largest tobacco market in the U.S.
      The Louisville Encyclopedia notes that there was a "tobacco district" along Main Street between Eighth and 12th streets, lined by tobacco warehouses and by large wooden barrels called hogsheads that held 1,000 to 1,500 pounds of tobacco.
      Z. L. Lucas Jr., 79-year-old uncle of George Lucas Jr. and son of the late tobacco man Z. L. Lucas Sr., said his father spoke of an even larger district, though it may have been an exaggeration.
      "Daddy said you could walk on hogsheads from Second to 10th or 12th Street," Z.L. Lucas Jr. said. "The whole street would be full."
      The encyclopedia says Louisville sold 175,000 hogsheads of tobacco annually before 1900. It said there were 15 tobacco warehouses in town in 1890, and 16 large manufacturing plants for tobacco products, with 79 smaller firms making cigars and snuff.
      --Louisville Courier-Journal, August 12, 2001

    Lancaster, KY

    Garrard County Tobacco Festival
    First weekend in September.

    Russellville, KY

    Logan County Tobacco and Heritage Festival

    Late September/early October Tobacco and Rural Heritage Festival in Lancaster is being held this weekend, Sept. 9-10, 2005, celebrating its 30th year. I'm not sure if they've settled on a specific weekend each year, but you might want to just say that it's in September. Also, the name will change next year to Rural Heritage Festival Tobacco has contributed greatly to Virginia's wealth through the centuries, and now it's contributing a name for a new rails-to-trails initiative. The Virginia Tobacco Heritage Trail will travel 48 miles through Southside's traditional tobacco-growing region, converting abandoned railroad tracks into a recreational trail. The first 4-mile segment opened last week with a boost from Gov. Mark R. Warner. The section generally runs parallel to U.S. 58 between Broadnax and LaCrosse, east of South Hill. A grant of $775,000 announced by the governor will help develop the remainder of the 48 miles. At the opening, Warner announced funding for five Virginia Works initiatives, including the trail. Two others also have tourism components. A new Tobacco Region Tourism Loan Program will have $1 million available to help start-up and support new and existing shops, hotels, restaurants and other tourism-related businesses in Southside and Southwest Virginia. Round the Mountain, a newly formed artisan network covering 23 Southwest Virginia localities, will get $195,000 for marketing and developing Southwest Virginia crafts. Two Virginia artisan centers will be created in an effort emulating North Carolina's mountain artisan and craft ventures.


    Accokeek, MD

    National Colonial Farm Of The Accokeek Foundation

    3400 Bryan Pt. Rd.
    Accokeek, MD 20607
    (301) 283-2113
    *recreates life on So. Md. tobacco plantation
    *T-Su 10-5

    St. Mary's City, MD

    Historic St. Mary's City

  • Godiah Spray Tobacco Plantation
  • Artifacts from tobacco plantation. City founded 1634

    Historic St. Mary's City PO Box 39, Rte 5 & Rosecroft Rd St. Mary's City, MD 20686 301-862-0990

    Mechanicsville, MD

    Southern Maryland Farm Life Festival

    Parlett Fram
    Route 6, one mile east of Route 5
    October tours on Saturday and Sunday include Parlett Farm's Tobacco Museum


    Tampa, FL

    Ybor City

    This preservation district, named for Don Vicente Martinez Ybor, a Cuban who established the first cigar factory here in 1886, was once the center of the US cigar industry, and at its peak was home to 20,000 cigar workers.

    Walking tours of Ybor City are offered starting at 10:30 AM Thursdays and Saturdays (plus Tuesdays from January to April). Tours begin at the information booth on the first floor of Ybor Square, at 13th Street and Eighth Avenue, in Tampa.

    • Ybor City State Museum
      1818 E. Ninth Ave 33605
      has cigar-making displays and includes tours of La Casita, a typical cigar worker's home. It's open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. It's closed on major holidays. Admission is $2; under 6 free.

      In November, you can attend the annual Tampa Cigar Heritage Festival.

    • J.C. Newman Cigar Co. Museum
      2701 16th St.
      (813) 248-2124.
      open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
      The museum is a casual, two- room, self-guided walk through more than 100 years of cigar-making. Eighteen hanging exhibits represent periods in family and company history. Photos, documents, samples of Newman cigars, packaging, equipment and inventions are on display.

    • Tampa Rico Cigar Co.has cigar-making demonstrations.

    • Ybor's factory has been transformed into Ybor Square, an antiques mall and nightclub.

    • Chamber of Commerce: (813) 248-3712.

    • Ybor City on the Internet:


    Bradford, PA

    Zippo Family Store and Museum

    Congress Street

    Lancaster, PA

    Tobacco Fields in Amish country

    Demuth Tobacco shop

    114 E. King St.
    Lancaster, PA.
    The oldest tobacco shop in the nation was established by Christopher Demuth in 1770.


    Kansas City, MO

    Shook, Hardy & Bacon

    One NE Kansas City Place, 24th floor
    (1200 Main St.)
    Kansas City, MO 64105-2100
    (816) 474-6550
    The tobacco industry's principal law firm
    Easy to find--the tallest skyscraper in KC. But don't bother to visit the firm's reinforced-concrete 24th floor, which is dedicated to its tobacco work, even if you're a partner--you need a specifically coded ID card.


    Ripley, OH

    15th Annual Tobacco Festival, August 22-25, 1996

    Last year 60,000 people attended this festival in Ripley (just 50 miles due east of Cincinnatti, along the Ohio river). There'll be a tobacco worm race, wagon backing, tobacco stripping in hand-tied bundles, the cow chip throw, arm wrestling, frog jump, and duck race contests, a garden tractor obstacle course, tobacco plugging contest, tobacco spitting contest and even a tobacco worm race.and a clogging championship.
    Contact: Chris Koehler, Bob Koehler or Jennifer Gifford, 513-392-4365, all of the Ohio Tobacco Festival

    Ohio Tobacco Museum

    703 S. Second St., Ripley, OH 45167.
    Admission: Free, but $1 donation appreciated.
    Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday April-January. Prescheduled group tours on weekdays.
    (937) 392-9410.



    Hennepin Business Center

    1021 10th Av. SE
    Repository of "Secret Documents" used in the Minnesota Medicaid Suit

    03/29/98: Millions of "secret" tobacco documents from the Minnesota case are scheduled to be opened to the public in 15 days. Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune 03/29/98

    New York

    New York, NY

    Tobacco Merchants Association

    All aspects of industry, esp. trademarks/brands
    1220 Broadway, Suite 705
    New York, NY 10001
    (212) 239-4435
    By appointment only

    Arents Tobacco Collection

    Room 324
    The New York Public Library
    5th Avenue and 42nd Street
    New York, NY 10018-2788
    (212) 930-0801
    (212) 302-4815 fax

    Howard S. Cullman Library

    Tobacco Merchants Association

    1220 Broadway, Suite 705
    New York, NY 10001
    (212) 239-4435
    *By appointment only
    *All aspects of industry, esp. trademarks/brands

    Philip Morris HQ

    120 Park Ave., 41st. St. and Park Ave.
    Star of Movies ( The Insider) and truth commercials.

    110 Fifth Ave

    Once the seat of supreme tobacco power--HQ of American Tobacco Company in its heyday. The building's still there, though much changed.

    Metropolitan Museum of Art

    5th Avenue and 81st St.
    Collection of Tobacco Baseball Cards
    Rotating stock: if you're lucky, you'll catch the famous Honus Wagner card.
    Read about it here

    The Museum of Public Relations

    26 Broadway / 22nd floor
    New York, NY 10004
    voice: 212.943.5858 / fax: 212.943.3211
    Lots of info on Bernays, including the 1929 Torches of Freedom campaign.

    Bronx, NY

    Lorillard Snuff Mill (1792)

    New York Botanical Garden


    Guthrie, OK

    National Lighter Museum

    More than 30,000 cigarette and cigar lighters


    Greenwich, CT

    Tobacco Museum

    Tobacco-related art, artifacts and historical items

    Tobacco Museum
    96 W. Putnam Ave.
    Greenwich, CT 06830
    (203) 869-5531
    By appointment only

    Windsor, CT

    Luddy/Taylor Connecticut Valley Tobacco Museum

    135 Lang Rd., Windsor

    Dedicated to the history of tobacco-growing in Connecticut
    Preserves history and artifacts of cigar tobacco- growing in Connecticut River Valley. Old equiment on display in tobacco shed. Pictures and literature on display in archives building.

    Hours: Summer Hrs. Mon.- Fri. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. ; Sat, noon - 4p.m. Winter Hrs: Tues.- Thurs. and Sat., noon - 4 p.m. Closed Dec. 18yj 1998- March 1999

    Bradford, PA

    Zippo Manufacturing Company

    33 Barbour Street, Bradford, PA 16701

    Washington, DC


    Founded in May of 1751, Georgetown celebrates its 250th anniversary in 2001. Georgetown belonged to Maryland then, and was named for Britain's King George II. It quickly boomed after its founding, doing a brisk trade in tobacco shipping, among other items. By 1790, it was the biggest tobacco exporter in the country.

    Tobacco Institute Library

    Private; concentrates on "smoking & health controversy;" Open to members; ILL available

    Tobacco Institute Library
    1875 I St., NW, Suite 800
    Washington, DC 20006
    (202) 457-4880
    m-f 9-5

    Reference Library of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms

    Regulatory history


    Edgerton, WI

    Edgerton Tobacco Heritage Days
    July 19-21, 2002
    Edgerton Tobacco Days, Inc.
    PO Box 252 Edgerton, WI 53534
      When the first settlers came to the area in the 1840s, tobacco was brought along for personal use only. Periodically, the farmers would send back east for more seed. However, the first really successful crop was raised in 1854 by the Pomeroy brothers who lived south of Edgerton. . . At the turn of the last century and into the 1930s, Edgerton was known as the "Tobacco Capital of the World" and the nickname Tobacco City has stuck around. . . At one time, there were 55 huge tobacco warehouses in the city. . . Tobacco grown here is known as Northern Type, and was mainly used in cigars and for the "binder leaf" which was wrapped around the cigar tobacco itself. . . The industry declined when a "homogenized" binder was developed which could utilize the imperfect leaves, which were unsuitable for binders. These imperfect leaves, were made into tobacco for chewing or for snuff. That is what the tobacco grown today is used for. Edgerton's yearly celebration of its' farming heritage is held on the third weekend in July. Last year's event drew thousands including those as far away as California, Arizona, and Massachusetts who enjoyed a community reunion of sorts full of wonderful entertainment, family activities, and agricultural experiences.


    Hollywood, CA

    Hollywood Entertainment Museum: "Smoke, Lies & Videotape"
    March 15th-December 31, 2002
    This highly entertaining and interactive experience takes you on an ingenious journey that chronicles the history of smoking in movies, television and other media over the last century.
    7021 Hollywood Boulevard,
    Hollywood, CA 90028
    24-Hour Information: (323) 465-7900
    Located in the heart of Hollywood, Hollywood Entertainment Museum is situated on Hollywood Boulevard between Orange Avenue and Sycamore Avenue in the lower level of the Galaxy Building, just one block west of Graumann's Chinese Theater (close proximity to Hollywood & Highland.)

    Shell Beach, CA

    The National Cigar Museum
    Not generally open to the public


    Delhi, Ontario (Tobacco Capital of Canada)

    Delhi Tobacco Museum and Heritage Centre features displays of farming equipment, antique tobacco cutters, a variety of evolving pipes and cigarette brands.
    P: 519-582-0278; F: 519-582-0122

    Red Deer, Alberta

    Red Deer and District Museum : The Seduction Of Smoking
    Saturday, August 04, 2001-Sunday, November 18, 2001
      A rare, hand-painted statue is expected to seduce visitors at a new exhibition on the power of tobacco smoke. Lawrie Knight-Steinbach, guest curator of the exhibition, says the Cigar Store Maiden dates back to the 1880s. The statue, borrowed from the Glenbow Museum in Calgary, is typical of the metal figures placed in front of tobacco stores to attract customers. The native woman depicted by the statue carries a package of tobacco in her left hand and tobacco leaves in her right. "The maiden is very, very rare, and we're very pleased to have it," says Ms. Knight-Steinbach. Three years in the making, The Seduction of Smoking examines tobacco's impact on society through history. It features hundreds of artifacts, relics from cigar factories, tobacco cards, smoking jackets, pipes and other paraphernalia. The exhibition also features displays on the impact of smoking on health, tobacco advertising and a computer where visitors can log on to smoking-related Web sites.
    Price(s): Free; donations gratefully accepted.
    Contact Person: Teresa (403) 309-8405
    Contact Person: Diana (403) 309-8450


    Yunnan Province

    China's biggest cigarette production centre is Yunnan Province, home to several popular brands such as Yuxi, Hong tashan, Honghe, Shililng and Yunyan.


  • China Tobacco Museum
    China Tobacco Museum, the first of its kind in the county, opened in July, 2004. It is located at the crossing of Changyang Avenue and Tongbei Avenue in Shanghai.



  • Havana Cigar Museum



  • James J. Fox & Robert Lewis
    Cigar Merchants since 1787
  • JJ Fox Museum "Historic Havanas," as well as Sales Ledgers of famous clients (Windston Churchill, Oscar Wilde, Prince of Wales, etc.)
    JJ Fox & Robert Lewis
    19 St James's Street (Piccadilly)
    London, SW1A 1ES
    Tel:+44 (0)20 7930 3787
    Fax:+44 (0)20 7495 0097

    Sutton, Norfolk

  • Broads Tobacco Museum An extraordinary eclectic assemblage of tobacciana covering the whole quirkiness of the social history of the weed that changed the world. Here we have a custom built hall to house the five rooms depicting the various facets of tobacco history. Visit the Tobacconist and see thousands of cigarettes, some dating back to the late 1800s, along with numerous varieties of tobaccos. Discover the historic cigar box stencils, print blocks and cigar ephemera in the cigar making room. . . . . [a] large display room - with various advertising items and also many of the quirky things produced in association with tobacco.

    We consider the story and history of tobacco to be a very important part of social history, often neglected, due to it being a controversial subject.



  • Le Muse dIntrt National du Tabac

      Maison Peyrarde
      Place du Feu
      24100 BERGERAC
      Tlphone : - Fax :



    Tobacco Museum



    Tabakmuseum in the new MuseumsQuartier Wien
    "One of the world's most important collections on tobacco history illustrates the cultural development of tobacco from its beginnings in the 15th century to its global economic significance in today's society."
    Tel: +43 1/526 17 16
    Fax: +43 1/526 1716 10

    MuseumsQuartier Wien
    Museumsplatz 1
    1070 Wien
    Vienna's new Museum Quarter, or MuseumsQuartier Wien, is the museum world's answer to the shopping mall. The vast complex combines old and new buildings into a single entity of 20 museums and cultural organizations, plus cafs and shops to provide a break from intellectual overload.



    Fabrica de Tabacos(1757)

    The tobacco factory where the female workforce became a favourite subject for excitable Romantic painters from northern Europe, and inspired the character of Carmen. The cigarreras - who, Vicotiran travel guide Richard Ford tells us, "sometimes carry off the filthy weed in a manner her most Catholic majesty never dreamt of" are no longer to be seen. The Fbrica is now the central campus of Seville University.


    Andhra Pradesh

    This state is India's highest tobacco producer, akin to North Carolina or Virginia in the US. The 2nd highest tobacco producing state is Gujarat.



    Tobacco and Salt Museum(1757)

    Opened in November 1978, the Tobacco and Salt Museum is run by Japan Tobacco Inc.; its predecessor, the Japan Tobacco and Salt Public Corp., still has exclusive rights to produce and sell these commodities under a government monopoly.
    Location: a seven-minute walk from JR Shibuya Station.
    Hours: 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. (last admission is at 5:30 p.m.); closed on Mondays and other dates set by the museum.
    Phone: (03) 3476-2041.
    Admission is 100 yen for college students and adults and 50 yen for high school students and younger.



    Zimbabwe until recently was the third largest tobacco producer behind Brazil and the US; Harare was the home of the world's 3rd largest tobacco auction.
    Much thanks to Mike Shoup for the inspiration for this piece: his article "The Tobacco Trail" in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Oct. 22, 1995
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  • 1995 Gene Borio, the Tobacco BBS (212-982-4645. WebPage:
  • Original Tobacco BBS material may be reprinted in any non-commercial venue if accompanied by this credit line.

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