Open Memorial Day to Labor Day

Thurs - Sat, 1pm to 7pm; Sun, 1pm to 4pm

Mon - Wed, closed

Windmills and Farm Equipment

The museum has many restored windmills scattered through out the museum grounds and the adjacent Railroad Park. In addition, we have a large variety of farm equipment and implements lined up between the Exhibit Building and the Railroad depot. Do you see anything that looks familiar? Some equipment and implements have changed little over the years, while others have evolved leaps and bounds.

2 windmills on the right and an aeroelectric tower on the left, almost hidden by a large spruce tree.

Windmills - The windmills were placed in Railroad Park beginning in 1996. For four years in a row, a Windmill Day was held to place them with the assistance of volunteers from the community. In 2018, the last of the windmills was installed. Among the restored windmills are windmills by David Bradley, CurrieDempster, Eclipse, Aermotor, Elgin, and Fairbury. flourish

Horse Drawn Implements - In the era before steam and diesel power, horse, oxen, and man himself provided power to farm equipment. Much of the equipment from those days was created on the farm or by the local blacksmith. Frequently materials on hand were repurposed.

Along the fence in front of the railroad depot can be found examples of these kinds of farm equipment. Can you find the oil barrel that was repurposed into a grasshopper bait spreader? flourish

A rusted, horse-drawn, ride-on hay rake sits in from of a wood rail fence and shrubs.
The header from an early thresher.

Antique Farm Equipment Road - Horse drawn, steam driven and fuel driven farm equipment line the road between the Exhibit Building and the Railroad Depot. The equipment nearest the exhibit building is numbered from west to east and a self-guided tour brochure is available at each end of the display.

On display are such items as 2 well drilling rigs, a Peacock wheat drill, a Gleaner Baldwin combine, hake rakes, Gravelly mowers, a potato planter, John Deere and McCormick Deering tractors, plows and culitvators. Some equipment was manufactured, but others were cobbled together from pieces of other equipment or materials on hand. This was especially true during the Depression and the war years. flourish

The front of the Exhibit Building with a Facebook Like thumbs up.