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The Tobacco Drying Shed
Jens Winthers Vej 12
Phone: +45 63 51 63 00
Placed in beautiful natural surroundings, Denmark’s only preserved tobacco drying shed from World War II, can be found on Stengadevej, between Tranekær and Tullebølle.
For ages, tobacco had been imported to Denmark from America and even more exotic places. But during the German occupation from 1940 to 1945, there was no tobacco to be had from abroad. Did this mean that the whole country quit smoking? Not at all. Cigars and tobacco for chewing or stuffing your pipe were still available to the craving Danish market. However, this tobacco had not been grown in exotic places, but on Danish soil, where quite a few farmers began growing tobacco plants.
Built by smallholder Hans Hansen towards the end of World War II, the drying shed in Tranekær is the only one in Denmark still standing where it was built. Today, you can visit the shed and read posters (in Danish, English and German) and see pictures describing the history of tobacco in Denmark. You can also see the harvested tobacco leaves hung to dry from the ceiling on long metal wires.
The tobacco plants growing outside the shed are directly linked to the plants grown during the war. During a dig-out, unsprouted seeds were found hiding deep in the ground.
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