Russell Horton – It's Better in Person

Russell Horton

Boyd and Zelia Horton purchased this farm in 1939 and raised tobacco. Interestingly enough, the deed indicated that the tobacco sticks had to stay with the land. Russell Horton, born in 1943 in the home house where original logs are still visible, began farming tobacco on this land, alongside his wife Joan, in 1960. Current crops include tobacco transplants, cattle, grain and hay. There is a smoke house and many pack houses on the property. The Pineapple Quilt pattern used was made by Joan’s mother and is hanging on a feed barn that was built in the 1950s.

Quilt Square by Roxboro Community School Art Students

Photography by Ken Martin