Peanut cultivation in Virginia
Commercial production of peanuts began in Virginia in the 1840s and became big business in 1913 when Italian immigrant Amedeo Obici opened his Planters Peanuts processing facility in Suffolk. A child drew Mr. Peanut in 1916 in repsonse to a contest to create a logo for the Planters Nut and Chocolate Company. A 300-pound cast iron statue of Mr. Peanut stands in the center of the town. Southampton Heritage Village/Agricultural & Forestry Museum is dedicated to preserving antique farm equipment and other wares.
Image: Preservation Virginia