Settled in the 1820s, the city of Quincy’s mission to protect and sustain a safe, vibrant, growing community. When transported Virginia tobacco seeds were grown in Florida soil, it was much thinner and lighter in color. A man named John Smith began saving the seeds from the hybridized stalks of Virginian and Cuban tobacco. From these seeds, a new plant known as "Florida Wrapper" was developed. So began a tobacco industry at a time when the south was suffering from its low priced cotton.