Brianna Dunlap, author of the new book, CONNECTICUT VALLEY TOBACCO, a museum professional at the Connecticut Valley Tobacco Museum in Windsor, will be at West Suffield’s Academy Hall (1499 Mountain Road) on Sunday, November 13th at 2:00 p.m. to talk about her book.  Copies of her book will be available for purchase and signing.  Registration is optional for this free program on the library’s website,,  so we can gauge how many cookies to provide!

Brianna has worked at the Tobacco Museum since 2013.  She is a recent graduate of Central Connecticut State University with a Masters in Public History.  Her visit is sponsored jointly by the Kent Memorial Library and the Suffield Historical Society.  Her book is well worth reading and features photos, many in color, by Windsor native and well-known photographer, Dr. Leonard Hellerman, who has an impressive collection of historical agricultural pictures he has taken over many years.


Suffield played and still plays a prominent role in the history of tobacco growing and, as many of you may know, was the site of the first commercial cigar factory in the country.  The marker for the cigar factory is on West Suffield’s  Ratley Road, just south of Spruce Street.   Many of us remember when acres of Suffield were covered with tobacco cloth for the growing of fine shade tobacco which was used as cigar wrappers.