April 2009 Issue
Ohio Tobacco Museum
Travel along the mighty Ohio to explore the historical, cultural and natural wonders along the river’s banks.
A mere teaspoon of tiny tobacco seeds — way tinier than poppy seeds — is enough to plant more than half an acre of seedlings. Such remarkable facts abound at the Ohio Tobacco Museum, the only museum in Ohio dedicated to the heritage of raising, processing and marketing tobacco. In a two-story brick home dating from the 1850s, visitors can see the wooden scale-model of an elaborate barn for drying and stripping tobacco, the display of cigar rings and humidors and other memorabilia. An outdoor barn houses a tobacco press and larger equipment, all explained by a lively retired tobacco-farming veteran. The tour is offbeat and definitely worth an hour or two. Open April through December, Sat. 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Sun. 1–4 p.m., or by appointment.
The Ohio Tobacco Museum,
703 S. Second St., Ripley, OH 45167, 937/392-9410. www.ripleyohio.net/htm/museums.htm
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