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Historic Barn Driving Tours in Madison County, North Carolina
Madison County’s agricultural heritage can be traced by observing the barns of the county. The main economic base of the county was agriculture and, like much of North Carolina, tobacco became one of the major crops. During the mid 1900s, Madison County was the largest producer of burley tobacco in the state. One of the most interesting ways to tell the story of this agricultural heritage is by looking at the architecture of the barns and outbuildings scattered throughout the county. Tobacco barns have a unique rustic look, with the boards placed so that the tobacco hung in them could air dry. The roof structure must be designed to accommodate the heavy hanging leaves. And so, a drive through the county’s rural roads is a lesson in the history of the hard-working farmers of the area as well as a glimpse into the progression of building techniques through the years.