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Farming in the Black Patch
ISBN: 978-1-942613-06-0

Farming in the Black Patch, Kentucky author Bobbie Smith Bryant captures

the culture of the region and the intricacies of tobacco production

Bobbie Bryant Wins Statewide History Award

FRANKFORT, KY – Writer and Calloway County native Bobbie Smith Bryant has received a Kentucky History Award for her book “Farming in the Black Patch.” In it, she examines how and why dark-fired tobacco has been so important to Western Kentucky’s economy and culture and brings attention to the unique firing process of dark-fired tobacco. Her book is one of the few modern sources that has examined the traditions and culture that developed around this farming process.

Bryant received the award November 11 at the annual Kentucky Historical Society meeting and awards presentation at the Old State Capitol in Frankfort. Publications is one area for which KHS honors individuals and organizations that promote the preservation, awareness and appreciation of Kentucky history.

Bobbie Bryant receiving the award from Michael J. Hammons, president of the Kentucky Historical Society Governing Board of Directors.

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Author: Bobbie Smith Bryant
Hardcover: 192 pages
Product Dimensions: 9" x 10"
Retail Price: $39.95

Book Description

The Black Patch region of far western Kentucky and Tennessee is known for its dark, rich soil, locally produced dark-fired tobacco, and proud heritage of family farms. In her new book, Farming in the Black Patch, Kentucky author Bobbie Smith Bryant captures the culture of the region and the intricacies of tobacco production. She details the arduous work of running a modern tobacco farm, but also records much of the region’s history, including the Black Patch War of the early twentieth century.

This beautiful, nine-by-ten-inch book includes 192 pages and hundreds of full-color photos. It’s a wonderful tribute to a way of life savored by generations of farm families.


Bobbie Smith Bryant is a native Kentuckian, born in the Black Patch of Calloway County. She is proud of her family’s farming heritage, providing marketing and promotional assistance, as well as historic and genealogical research, to Smith Farms. Bobbie also serves the Kentucky League of Cities as a community development advisor. For more than twenty years, she has assisted Kentucky cities with community and economic development issues. A rising Kentucky author, Bobbie previously published Passions of the Black Patch: Cooking and Quilting in Western Kentucky, and Forty Acres & A Red Belly Ford: The Smith Family of Calloway County. She also served as co-producer of the PBS film, "Farming in the Black Patch".

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