Historical Markers - Rock Co., WI

Wisconsin's Tobacco Land

Located on Hwy. 51, ½ miles south of Edgerton

    Wisconsin's first commercial tobacco was raised in Dane and Rock counties
    by cousins Orrin and Ralph POMEROY in 1854. Grown as a cash crop to supplement dairy income, Wisconsin tobacco is used as a binder in making cigars. Because of the large amount of hand labor, the areas planted are small, usually two to five acres. In late April the seed is sown in the steam-fertilized soil of long white muslin-covered seed beds, and transplanting to the field is done by machine in June. The plants are cut and speared on a lath in August and are hung in the long unpainted sheds to cure for two to three months. "Case weather" (fog or rain) in late fall conditions the leaf so that it can be stripped from the stalks and baled for market. About 100 miles to the northwest, in Vernon and surrounding counties, tobacco production began in the 1880s and is an important crop today.
    Erected 1961


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