Rudd Branch Ridge Complexes #1 & #2

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The four Rudd Branch Ridge archaeological complexes within the John H. Kerr Reservoir area contain the undisturbed remains of adjacent tobacco farms. The time period extends from late 1800s to the 1940s when the tracts were purchased by the federal government for the reservoir. The two house sites are surrounded by an extensive array of ornamental vegetation including boxwood, privet, flower bulbs, grapevines, cedar, periwinkle, rose bushes, ivy, magnolia, and fruit trees. Associated with complexes 1 & 2 are the stone foundations of outbuildings, tobacco barns, and a tobacco ordering room. Rudd Branch Ridge Complexes 3 & 4 likewise have sites of outbuildings and farm buildings, including tobacco barns and a tobacco ordering room. The study of these sites and the related landscape could reveal insight into the broad patterns of tobacco culture in the Southern Piedmont.

Last Updated: June 2, 2023

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