- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Boning up on the history

Looking for resources to help you bone up on your tobacco barn his- tory? Here’s a brief guide.

To see

m Watercolor and acrylic paintings of historic southern Maryland tobacco barns by Mildred Anderson of Middle Plantation in Gambrills will be shown and offered for sale beginning Oct. 9 at the Barnes & Noble bookstore, 2516 Solomons Island Road, Annapolis. Admission is free. Call 410/573-1115.

To read

m The National Trust for Historic Preservation offers a detailed description of the 14 barns’ use and construction, and the importance of preserving them at www.nationaltrust.org. Click on “Historic Places” in the tool bar and from there go to “11 Most Endangered Historic Places.” Scroll down to “2004 list” and from there click on “Tobacco barns, southern Maryland.” Then click on No. 3, “Learn more.”

• Brochures produced by the Calvert County Historic District Commission provide a history of tobacco barns and the tobacco culture found in southern Maryland from Colonial days to the 2001 tobacco buy-out of most Maryland tobacco farms. Call 410/535-4583 or see www.co. cal.md. us, to send for “Tobacco Barns: Calvert County, Maryland”; “Cultural Heritage: Calvert County, Maryland”; and “African American Voices: A Journey to the Past in Calvert County, Maryland.”

— Raymond M. Lane

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