Tobacco history comes to life

This is a replica of a 1900's era tobacco barn. / Lindsey Theis

Horry county's history came to life Saturday.

Dozens came out to the L.W. Living History farm as part of the seventh annual tobacco festival.

"One of the things that would be happening this time of year on a small one horse family farm would be gathering or putting in tobacco," Museum Director Walter Hill said.

Visitors could see what chores members on a small family farm would be doing in August during 1900-1955. Back then, mature tobacco leaves were harvested by hand. They were also tied into "hands" and strung up on tobacco sticks that were hung in a tobacco barn.

"We're gathering our tobacco crop this time of year. {We} crop it out of the field with a mule and drag, bring it to the barn door string, hang it over there and we actually cure that is public demonstration throughout the following week here," Hill said.

He added during the week the tobacco would be cured by fire in heat as hot as 200 degrees.

"This was once 90 percent of the lifestyle in Horry County. Now almost no one lives like this so being able to recreate it, preserve it and experience it is what we're all about at the L.W. Living history farm," Hill said.