Cayuga County Tobacco Farmers

Cover Image:
Men Stack Racks of Drying Tobacco Leaves
Men Stack Racks of Drying Tobacco Leaves - Image Source

Collection Facts

Extent:
16

Historical Context

Ira and Cato are neighboring small towns to the northeast of Auburn in Cayuga County.  They are rural areas with two hundred years of agriculture as a primary industry.  In the 19th and 20th centuries, farmers in Cato and Ira produced tobacco.  Those farms still exist today but produce dairy, fruits, beef or alpacas instead.

 

Scope of Collection

Photographs of farmers in Cato and Ira in their fields and at work in the tobacco growing process.


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