Pittsylvania County tobacco barn honored with historical marker

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PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY (WSLS10) - A local piece of history is honored with a state historical marker.

Today, a ceremony was held at Taylor's Farm in Blairs to unveil the new state historical marker commemorating the Bright Leaf Tobacco Barn on the property.

Organizers say the marker highlights the historical significance of tobacco for the area.

The iconic red barn was built between 1885 and 1900, according to the farm's owner, Clarence Taylor, III.

Taylor says at one point he considered tearing the barn down because it was in such bad shape.

But, the Preservation Virginia Association stepped in and helped him restore the barn.

"I'm proud. I'm proud to be here. I'm proud to represent and I'm proud to have everyone here that's recognizing and commemorating this barn," Taylor said after the ceremony.

The association will have helped restore 45 tobacco barns across the Commonwealth by the end of the year.

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