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Preservation Virginia Announces Winners of Tobacco Barn Poster Contest

May 21, 2012
Preservation Virginia Announces Winners of Tobacco Barn Poster Contest

Work on Preservation Virginia’s Tobacco Barn Project, an initiative to spread awareness regarding the importance of preserving tobacco barns, continues to proceed. Most recently, Preservation Virginia held a poster contest for Pittsylvania County Middle School students to help raise awareness on the importance of protecting barns and agricultural heritage in the region.

The theme of the poster contest was “Preserve Our Barns So They Are More Than A Memory.”  Sixty-eight posters were entered into the contest. The posters were judged by local artists on the creativity and originality of the artwork and on how effectively the contest theme was presented. The winners received ribbons and gift certificates. The first place poster will be reproduced and displayed in various locations across the region.

Casey Sparks, from Dan River Middle School was the first-place winner (Casey's first place poster is depicted above) and Cayla Keen, also from Dan River Middle School, was the second-place winner. The third-place winner was Autumn Womack from Gretna Middle School. Jordan Paquette, Kaitlyn Carter and Kaden Lewis from Chatham Middle School received honorable mentions.

Tobacco Barn Survey
The countywide survey of tobacco barns will begin this fall. We have several people who have agreed to volunteer for the survey but we need more! If you are interested in volunteering for the survey, please let us know so we can add your name to the volunteers list. The survey will entail photographing and documenting tobacco barns in Pittsylvania County. A training session will be held before the survey begins to provide basic survey techniques. 

Upcoming Fall Workshop

Preservation Virginia will also be hosting a fall workshop to follow up on the first meeting and to launch the barns survey. The main presenter at the fall workshop will be a local builder, Luke Ramsey, who specializes in restoring and moving historic log and post and beam structures. We will also present some of the preliminary data gathered about barns in the area as well as some historical information gathered about local tobacco families. In honor of the poster contest participants, all of the posters from the contest will be on display at the fall workshop.

We Need Help!

In order to carry this project to completion and work toward the future goals of creating a fund for the stabilization and maintenance of barns and the creation of an oral history project— we need your help. Please consider becoming a sponsor of this project by clicking here.  All sponsors will be recognized in the reproduced first-place poster that will be distributed in various locations in the region.

Questions? Contact Sonja Ingram, Field Representative, Phone: 804-551-3249, or

Press Contact

Elizabeth Kostelny, Executive Director, Preservation Virginia, 804-648-1889, x306 or