Tobacco Barn, Suffield

Tobacco Barn, Suffield – Jerry Dougherty

Suffield, in Hartford County, is located on the west bank of the Connecticut River and borders Massachusetts. West Suffield Mountain, part of the Metacomet Ridge, runs through the center of Suffield from north to south. Originally called Southfield, it was settled as a township of Massachusetts in 1670 but later found to lie within the boundaries of the Connecticut Charter and was subsequently annexed in 1749. Suffield’s location on the river meant an early economy based on fisheries and shipbuilding, but tobacco soon became an important export. By the 1830s, the Connecticut Valley Broadleaf plant had been developed and the town’s factories began producing 14 million cigars annually.

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Suffield Historical Society. “King House Museum,” 2012. Link.
CT Landmarks. “Phelps-Hatheway House & Garden,” 2017. Link.
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