Tobacco Was Money

Tobacco Was Money (HMHOM)

Location: Urbanna, VA 23175 Middlesex County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 38.194', W 76° 34.398'

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and this was where you made it or spent it!

In Colonial Virginia, tobacco was money - a product in high demand in England. Acts were passed providing for the inspection of tobacco to ensure quality and to make sure that correct payments were made for its sale and purchase.

All tobacco was to be brought to warehouses to be inspected and stamped. "Notes" were issued to complete the process. By the 1700's, Urbanna was listed as one of several official tobacco inspection centers.

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The James Mill Scottish Factor Store as it would have looked in the mid-1700's. This was a busy place, especially at harvest time. The men are rolling "hogsheads" (barrels) of tobacco down to the ships. The "rolling road" still looks about the same today.

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The prize - a two-man operated screw press - was used to compress the tobacco into barrels (hogsheads).

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James Mills Scottish Factor Store. This facility - built in the 1740's - was not a warehouse, but served as a general store and probably as the tobacco inspector's office and residence. The store was stocked with over 500 different items available for sale or trade.
Placed ByChesapeake Bay Gateway Network
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Date Added Monday, September 1st, 2014 at 6:48am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 361185 N 4166656
Decimal Degrees37.63656667, -76.57330000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 38.194', W 76° 34.398'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 38' 11.64" N, 76° 34' 23.88" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 38134 State Rte 602, Urbanna VA 23175, US
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