Chestnuts were once such a huge part of life in America’s Appalachia region, they were used as a form of currency
|08/16/2018||Posted by BusinessMediaguide.Com under General World News||
- Chestnuts were once an important part of Appalachian history.
- The chestnut tree dominated the Appalachian region — one Virginia county alone exported 160,000 pounds of chestnuts in 1910.
- They were such a big part of life in the Appalachia, they were used as currency.
- According to historians, children would gather nuts to buy shoes for school, and adults would use chestnuts to pay property taxes.
- Country store owners would then sell them to produce wholesalers to distribute the chestnuts to cities in the Northeast US like Philadelphia and New York.