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Peanut cultivation in Virginia

AE Curator Jul 16
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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.

Location: Courtland
Image: Preservation Virginia

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