March Meeting – Leslie Bright on Growing up with Tobacco

The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, March 19, 7:30 pm at the Federal Point History Center, 1121-A North Lake Park Blvd., adjacent to Carolina Beach Town Hall.

Our speaker this month will be Leslie Bright who will talk about growing up in the Tobacco Culture, 1943-1963.

His program is intended to show, up close and personal, the way of life and experience of a small family on a tobacco farm in coastal eastern North Carolina before modern mechanization.

The sensitive nature of tobacco and the labor involved in growing it, from a tiny seed smaller then a mustard seed, to a flourishing plant averaging six feet tall, having approximately 26 leaves containing nicotine for the lungs and gums, will be revealed.

Leslie S. Bright spent 20 years on a tobacco farm in Onslow County. He attended East Carolina University for several years, and then worked for 35 years for the North Carolina Department of Cultural and Natural Resources at the Underwater Archaeology Lab at Fort Fisher. An expert SCUBA diver for the lab, he also taught diving for a number of years.

After five years of unfocused retirement he has spent the past 10 years on his farm in Onslow County growing hay, corn, soybeans and is now raising cattle for market.