Completed in April, 2002, this exhibit explains the purpose and history of the tobacco warehouse. As recently as 1997, more then 130 warehouses operated in North Carolina. In 2003, however, that number had drastically declined and only 14 warehouses opened for the auction season. Additionally in 2003, computerized bidding replaced the long-familiar tobacco auctioneers and ticket markers. This rapid decline of the state's tobacco warehouses prompted the museum to develop the exhibit before the artifacts, documents, and oral histories disappeared forever.
The exhibit includes items for "drumming up business," weighing and inspecting the tobacco, the auction process, and the cashier's cage where farmers receive their checks. A short video in the exhibit also explains the roles of the people carrying out the tobacco auction.