J. Carlton Sharp, author of the book The Barns of Southern Maryland is the guest at the next chapter meeting on Wednesday, March 26, 7 p.m., Room BI214, College of Southern Maryland La Plata Campus.
Sharp will present an overview of his book about the tobacco barns and tobacco growing in Southern Maryland.
Sharp begins in the year 1634 and the first landing of European immigrants on American shores at St. Clements Island and writes about the short history of barns themselves.
Sharp’s book includes personal interviews of local farmers, and discussion about how the Maryland Tobacco Buyout of 2000 affected each in their decision to participate or pass.
Sharp, a resident of Severn, Md., served for 38 years with the National Security Agency (NSA) and often helped shape policy initiatives. During these four decades, he traveled to 75 countries and spent one year on special assignment to The Office of the President, The White House. Sharp led the Evidence Analysis Team, IRAN/CONTRA affair (87-88) and in late 1988 he returned to the West Wing to write the history of how the team operated.