Tobacco Farms in the Connecticut Valley  

"Colonel Israel PUTNAM is supposed to have introduced tobacco to the Connecticut River Valley. It is said that when he returned from an expedition against Havana he brought cigars with him to be enjoyed by the inhabitants who were living in the valley in 1762.

"However that may have been, it is true that the Connecticut valley people began raising tobacco in the late 1700's. The farmers' wives made crude cigars. Pretty soon these cigars began to be peddled around the countryside with other homemade products.

"Then in 1810 a cigar factory was started, and presently another was established. Roswell and Simeon VIETS, who began these factories at East Windsor and Suffield, were enterprising men of vision. They hired a Cuban cigarmaker to teach the business to twelve women employees.

"By 1831 tobacco manufacture and tobacco raising were thoroughly established in the Connecticut Valley. The early brands of cigars had intriguing names: Supers, Windsor Particulars and Long Nines."

The source for this passage is ~The Connecticut~, by Walter Hard, Rinehart and Company, Inc., New York and Toronto, 1947, page 221.

Randal W. Cooper <>

"Julius Washburn was a well-known tobacco grower [in Putney Vermont]. He raised about a ton to the acre of fine tobacco leaf on nine acres."

The History of Putney Vermont 1753-1953, p. 71

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