oa South African Journal of Cultural History - Die Lucas-tabak van Piketberg

Volume 5, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1018-0745



Farmers have been inhabiting the mountains at the town Piketberg for more than two centuries. The very earliest tobacco farmers here were members of the Lucas family of the farm called Kafferskloof. They spun tobacco into long ropes which were afterwards sold in rolls as far away as Cape Town. This process already excisted by 1814 and continued till the middle of this century when it died out. Tobacco was dried and processed in thatched tobacco sheds of which one was re-erected at the Boland open-air farm museum at Worcester. The ancestor of the Lucas tobacco farmers was a German who arrived at the Cape in 1744. After attaining free citizenship he worked for some time as a tailor.

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