Tales from the Kentucky Hemp Highway

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Among the many hidden gems in Bluegrass history is the state’s long relationship with hemp, a history noted by a historical “Hemp Highway” designation. Archibald McNeil was the first to plant the crop in the state in 1775. In 1803, John Wesley Hunt opened the first hemp bagging factory in the United States and helped transform Lexington into the “Athens of the West.” Another grower, Thomas Barbee, had a child with an enslaved person and freed his children on his deathbed. His grandson became a hemp grower as well. New organizations like Homestead Alternatives and Zelios Inc. have taken that history into the modern world. Author Dan Isenstein details the history of the crop and the historic trail dedicated to it.
ISBN: 9781467148832
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Kentucky
Images: 62
Pages: 176
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
An unabashed history nerd, Dan Isenstein started doing serious research into cannabis hemp while a graduate student in the Popular Culture Studies program at Bowling Green State University. Tales from the Kentucky Hemp Highway, Dan’s first book, builds on the research utilized in creating the self-directed eponymous tour launched in 2016. In addition to research and writing, Dan also chaired the organizing committee for the inaugural Winchester Hemp Harvest Festival in 2019 and authored several articles about hemp in Terpenes and Testing Magazine. Dan also hosts Hemp Threads: Weaving an Industry on the Hemp Highway of Kentucky YouTube channel.
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