I’ve had a couple of great days in Transylvania University’s Special Collections in the last week. Really interesting sources on Kentucky hemp, especially as rope, twine and bagging for bailing cotton. Lots on the broader agricultural landscape too, including on the role of Kentucky produce in the War of 1812. But my current favorite character has to be Dorcas Dodge of Winchester who managed a ropewalk and loved to get into the nuts and bolts of the commercial side of the hemp industry. I can’t wait to incorporate her into the dissertation.
Thanks to Susan Brown and the rest of the staff at the Transy library for their help and suggestions.