The Field Day of the Past Tobacco Barn sits alongside the road leading up from Short Pump Garage towards the Sawmill Complex. It’s an unassuming little building just like the tobacco barns which once dotted the Virginia landscape. Most of those barns are gone now, lost to time and to the decline of tobacco production. Cotton may have been king in many southern states, but in Virginia, it was tobacco which ruled the agricultural society.


Native Americans were growing tobacco when the first settlers arrived in Virginia, however it was bitter. In 1612 John Rolfe obtained Spanish seeds and planted them along the James River in Jamestown and the rest, as they day, is history.


Tobacco has been grown in almost every Virginia county. Peak value of the tobacco crop in the US. was $3.5 billion. In 2014, cash receipts from tobacco were $117,000,000.


At the Field Fay Tobacco Barn, Howard Mayo, owner of Mayo’s Tobacco Museum, shares his memorabilia — tobacco cans, posters, tools, paperwork, cigarette packs and the multitude of other tobacco related items — with show visitors. The artifacts span many scores of decades in which tobacco gained and lost its economic impact.