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Tobacco Farm Life Museum Beneficiary of Commissioner

The name of the Tobacco Farm Life Museum might tell us all we need to know, but Gayle Kildoyle, Executive Director of the Museum in Kenly, NC explains that there’s much more:

“We have a 6,000 sq. foot gallery plus seven other buildings on the grounds that visitors can see. It includes a one room schoolhouse, a farmstead, the tobacco barn, the peck house and a workshop. We try to portray the life of the NC farmer. We focus from the 1880s up to about 1940.”

The museum, at one time was an Agritourism attraction according to Kildoyle:

“Everything here was donated. The museum started as a group of farm families in the area doing on farm tours. It grew from there.”

Kildoyle says the museum recently started a new series of programs:

“We have recently started a new program on Saturday’s. Its called “Stepping into the Past.” It’s demonstrations of traditional crafts and vendors, everything from food processing, to blacksmithing, to making soap and weaving. All of the information is on our website: .”

The Tobacco Farm Life Museum is a financially independent entity, and not part of the Cultural Resources System, therefore does not receive tax dollars. Kildoyle explains that they hold several fundraisers a year, and one of them is coming up this Friday:

“Our 8th breakfast with the Commissioner event is held every year at the Farm Show. The Commissioner has been kind enough each year to host this event and have the proceeds donated back to the museum. Every year our Board of Directors picks someone in the agriculture community that we would like to give an Excellence in Agriculture award to. This year we will be giving it to Mr. Dale Bone, who unfortunately passed away in December.”

The Commissioner’s Breakfast is open to the public says Kildoyle:

“If you would like to attend, please call the museum, 919-284-3431 and we can sign you up. We would prefer everyone to register ahead of time so we can make arrangements for the meal.”

Gayle Kildoyle, Executive Director of the Tobacco Farm Life Museum in Kenly. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.