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COUNTRY ROADS
COURTESY OF UNDERCANVAS.COM

Under Canvas offers luxury tents with private bathrooms, decks, kingsize beds and wood stoves.

GLAMPING IN THE SMOKIES
When Sarah Dusek and her husband Jacob were looking for a
spot to launch another Under Canvas retreat after opening "glamping" sites in four western national parks, they chose the Smokies.
"It's the most visited national park in the U.S. and is a natural
playground perfectly suited for glamping," says Dusek.
The safari-inspired Under Canvas Great Smoky Mountains,
which opens August 2 in a secluded valley 10 minutes from Gatlinburg, is the first resort of its kind near the Smokies. Powered by
solar energy, the 200-acre getaway features 70 luxury tents with
private bathrooms and decks, king-size beds and wood stoves-the
Stargazer also sports an overhead viewing window-plus "Southern-inspired elevated campfire fare" at the onsite restaurant.
"There is nothing like Under Canvas in the area," says Dusek.
"This gives people an opportunity to experience the Smokies in a
more authentic way than has ever been possible."
For more info, see undercanvas.com. The 2018 season runs
August 2 to November 19. -NANCY HENDERSON

SU CLAUSON-WICKER

SMITHFIELD PLANTATION

SEEDS FOR HEMP

The Virginia site is about to plant its first hemp crop since the 19th century
Smithfield Plantation broke ground recently for its first hemp crop since the early 19th century. The Blacksburg, Virginia
property is adding the plot of the maligned
marijuana cousin to its regular tours.
Industrial hemp has been grown in
Virginia since European settlers arrived
in early 1600s. In fact, it was illegal not
to grow hemp in Virginia's early history.
Planters in British colonies were compelled by law to supply hemp for the empire's sailing ships.
After the American Revolution,
George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew hemp and Jefferson drafted the
Declaration of Independence on strong
hemp paper.
"Hemp was Smithfield's main crop for a
while," says April Danner, Smithfield's museum director. "Before the Revolutionary
War, Smithfield Plantation had a contract
to supply hemp for the British navy."
Smithfield's hemp harvest may be used
in demonstrations of the arduous business of processing hemp in bygone days.

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"The hemp has to be retted-rotted-
to separate the fiber from the stem. That
can be stinky," says Danner. "Then the
stalks must be broken with some sort of
wooden or stone crusher. Because natural
fibers are short, they must be twisted together, starting at different points along
the rope, to make it strong."
The Smithfield plot is part of Virginia's Industrial Hemp Research program,
which allows certain institutions to grow
hemp legally for research. Professor John
Fike, who oversees Virginia Tech's hemp
research, says hemp cultivars for both fiber and grain are planted at Smithfield.
Though it is grown in many other countries and used in numerous products, the
crop has been illegal in the U.S. for decades because it is a variety of cannabis,
the same species as marijuana.
But there is a big difference. Marijuana contains the psychoactive compound
THC; hemp doesn't. With a level of THC
less than 1/30th that of marijuana, hemp
doesn't yield any kind of high.

Smithfield Museum Director April Danner
displays a retted hemp plant.

Smithfield Plantation, located adjacent to the Virginia Tech campus, opens
for tours Thursday-Tuesday.
-SU CLAUSON-WICKER


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