Local peanut documentary now available on DVD

Published 4:19 pm Thursday, December 12, 2019

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A locally filmed documentary titled “The Peanut Story… in a nutshell,” which recently aired on WHRO public television, is now available on DVD, just in time for Christmas.

The 57-minute film was produced for Western Tidewater Virginia Heritage Inc., a group of people, mostly historians, from Isle of Wight, Southampton, Surry and Sussex counties, and the city of Suffolk. The group was previously known as the Western Tidewater Council for the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. The film features people from all of these municipalities, including lifelong area farmers who discuss how peanut farming has changed in Western Tidewater throughout the years.

The DVDs are available at the Nottoway House, Grayson & Emma’s and the Peanut Patch in Courtland, and also at Franklin Hometown Pharmacy in Franklin and Boykins Beans & Ice Cream in Boykins. They are also featured at various sites in Windsor, Suffolk, Surry and Wakefield. They sell for $20 but may also be ordered for $25, which includes postage, from Western Tidewater Virginia Heritage Inc.

When ordering by mail, make checks payable to Western Tidewater Virginia Heritage Inc. and and send them to Lynda Updike at 33335 Statesville Road, Newsoms, VA 23874. She can be reached at 757-654-6785 for more information.