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CT Wrappers – Made in the shade

Thursday July 27, 2023
6:30 PM

A cigar wrapper is the tobacco leaf that you see on the outside of the cigar. Most makers agree that a wrapper has the greatest potential to impact the subtle flavor notes of a great cigar. Connecticut started growing tobacco in 1640, eventually producing shade-grown tobacco for wrappers in 1901. Since then, CT farmers have produced some of the finest wrappers in the world. To produce this cash crop, farmers use cheesecloth or nylon netting to help protect the growing leaves from the sun’s rays and damaging winds. The technique has elevated CT-grown shade tobacco wrappers into the top tier of choice from the more than 50 that exist.  Learn some of the histories of tobacco, cigars and Connecticut shade-grown wrappers with us.

John Cilio is a historian, storyteller, a member of the Organization of American Historians and the Association for the Study of Connecticut History. He thrives on researching the ghosts of our past, uncovering the underlying forces and historical trends that one single event rarely impacts. He believes that often the consequences of a historical incident were hidden from those that experienced it, yet looking back, one can sense the full impact of their moments in time. 

John lives in Sherman, CT, and is the author of six historical books and written over 200 articles. He has spoken at over 475 events on a wide range of topics in several countries. His goal is to make history relevant, engaging, and enlightening. 

The views and opinions expressed are those of the presenter and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Woodbury Public Library.

Location: Library Gallery Space
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