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Meet the Swishers at Shade Tobacco Museum

Four of seven Swisher siblings, descendants of the Swisher Cigar Company family, will share their memories of growing up on their parents’ shade tobacco farm in the Concord community on Saturday, February 24.

The event will take place at the Havana History & Heritage Society’s Shade Tobacco Museum in The Planters Exchange Complex (204 Second Street N.W.) in downtown Havana beginning at 10:30 a.m.

The event is titled, “Meet The Swishers, A Shade Tobacco Family.”

Marcia Swisher Nelson, Mike Swisher, Jeannette Swisher Buckley and Harvey Swisher will tell about life on an eastern Gadsden County tobacco farm in the 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s.

Three additional brothers include Hoke, Mark and Jeff (deceased).

Their parents were Herbert Holcomb Swisher and Lelan Maxene Chappelear Swisher.

Mark, who now lives in South Florida, may join his sisters and brothers for this gathering.

Some of the stories to be shared on February 24 were included in Jeannette Swisher’s book, “Tales from Coonbottom,” published in 2010.

Join the Swishers to hear many tales — and all the glorious details — about growing up on a shade tobacco farm right here in Gadsden County.

By Nick Bert