Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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October 2, 2013

Partnership to preserve tobacco barns in Va., NC

CHATHAM, Va — Preservation Virginia and JTI are working together to preserve historic tobacco barns in Virginia and North Carolina.

JTI is providing a $100,000 grant to repair and stabilize the square log curing barns in Pittsylvania and Halifax counties in Virginia and Caswell County in North Carolina.

The Danville Register & Bee reports that the Danville company and Preservation Virginia announced the partnership on Tuesday.

A survey of Pittsylvania County conducted by Preservation Virginia found more than 1,000 tobacco barns. Preservation Virginia field representative Sonja Ingram said most of these barns need repairs.

Barns eligible for grant funding must be tobacco curing or those that have been used during processing. They also must be at least 50 years old, or have historical and/or architectural significance.

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