Digital Photography

by Paul Farrier

Monday, April 27, 2009

Tobacco Barn

The shadows on the barn caught my eye. I muted the color somewhat and worked a little with the contrast.

The Natchez Trace Parkway has not been in continual use since it was first changed into a "highway" from what was just a well warn path. It had been replaced by canals, riverboats, railroads and other highways. But, it did have its place in history in the development of the lands and the economy of several peoples. As late as the 1950's, some of this land was privately owned and this particular tobaco barn was new then and on the property of a farmer. Now the Trace is opened from Nashville to Natchez - 444 miles long.

Part of the old trace can be seen just behind the barn and was actually still in use as a graveled lane for a mile or so from this point running northeast. This is one section where the traveler can get off the highway and drive on the old trail, much like it was a couple hundred years ago. I think it is cool - pot holes, ruts, and all.

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