Antique Farms: A Great Family Heritage to Discover – Part I

Antique Farms provide a fascinating time tunnel of what once was.
There’s nothing like actually experiencing Living History to make it come alive.If you are into collecting Antique farm bells, wagons or tractors, it’s a lot of fun to go to farm Museums and country tractor shows.They are really fun and are a great way to spend a family day that will be remembered and appreciated.I remember playing on old tractors as a kid, in my home town over 40 years ago! Playing farmer with my two wild brothers, on old ramshackled tractors is a memory I still delight in.Who knows? Maybe that is what hooked me into the Antique Farm passion?What is really amazing though is that you can find ancient relics at these shows often in Top running shape. Did you know you can still order parts for some of these living history machines?
To share in the fun, here is a list of some of the best Farm Museums out there. Here is a list of Farm Museums by Area:
(Please note: There are a lot of them so I will present the huge list via several articles).AlaskaMuseum: MUSEUM OF ALASKA TRANSPORTION & INDUSTRYLocation: Wasilla, AlaskaContact: (907) 376-1211Info: Open seven days a week from May 1st to September 30th, and Tuesday through Saturday the rest of the year. Hours are 10AM until 6PM during the summer season and 9ArizonaMuseum: STUTTGART AGRICULTURAL MUSEUMLocation: Stuttgart, ArizonaContact: (501)-673-7001Info: Large farm equipment specializing in tractors and steam engines. Open Tuesday- Saturday, 10-12 & 1-4Museum: THE GOLDEN ERA MUSEUMLocation: 297 W. Central, Coolidge, ArizonaContact: (602)-948-9570 weekdays or (520)-723-5044 weekendsInfo: Open 11 am to 5 pm weekends October through May. Admission priceCaliforniaMuseum: ANTIQUE GAS & STEAM ENGINE MUSEUMLocation: Vista, CaliforniaContact: (619)-941-1791Info: Open daily 10-4. Guided tours & tours organized demonstrations available.ColoradoMuseum: CONEJOS CO. FARM/RANCH MUSEUMLocation: LaJara, ColoradoContact: Gene Williams, (719)-274-5765Info: Open June 1 – September 30.DelawareMuseum: DELAWARE AGRICULTURAL MUSEUMS & VILLAGELocation: 866 N. Dupont hwy., Dover, Delaware 19901Contact: (302)-734-1618Info: Featuring antique tractors dating back to the early
settlement.IllinoisMuseum: WAUCANDA TOWNSHIP HISTORICAL SOCIETYLocation: Waucanda, IllinoisContact: (708)-526-9303Info: Many collections of farm equipment and old engines. Open May to September, Sundays only, 1-4.Museum: KLINE CREEK FARMLocation: Winfield, IlliniosContact: (708)-876-5900Info: Featuring many collections of farm equipment and tractors from the 1890’s. Open Thursday- Monday 9-5. Closed on holidays.IowaMuseum: FLOYD CO. MUSEUMLocation: 500 Gilbert St., Charles City, IowaContact: (641) – 228-1099; Fax (641)-228-1157Info: Museum is open all year.Large selection of tractor manuals & Oliver Promotional Films on video tape available.Museum: HEARTLAND MUSEUMLocation: 119 – 9th Street SW, Clarion, Iowa 50525Contact: (515) – 602-6000Info: The museum has over 16,000 square feet of antique tractors, trucks and machinery. Visit the museum website at http://www.heartlandmuseum.orgMuseum: MIDWEST OLD SETTLERS & THRESHERS ASSN. INC.Location: Mount Pleasant, IowaContact: (319)-385-8937Info: Collections of steam tractors & engines. Open mid April to mid October, Monday – Friday, 9-4.Museum: VAN HORN TRUCK MUSEUMLocation: Mason City, IowaContact: (515)-423-9066Info: Open daily May 25 to September 22IndianaMuseum: SKINNER FARM MUSEUM & VILLAGE STEAM & GAS SHOWLocation: Perrysville, IndianaContact: Norman Skinner, (765)-793-4079Info: August 15 & 16, 1998. Call for more information.KansasMuseum: CENTRAL KANSAS FLYWHEELS MUSEUMLocation: 1100W. Diamond Dr., Salina, Kansas 67401Contact: (785)-825-8473Info: Hours are 1-5 pm, Tuesday to Sunday. May 1st through October 31st. Call for special tours. Our museum has a rare policy of accepting items on loan. We feel this policy makes items available to us that would otherwise be difficult to obtain.Museum: NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL CENTER & HALL OF FAMELocation: 630 Hall of Fame Dr., Bonner Springs, KansasContact: (913)-721-1035; Fax (913)-721-1202Info: Open mid March through NovemberMuseum: NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL CENTER & HALL OF FAMELocation: Bonner Springs, KansasContact: (913)-721-1075Info: Open mid March to November, Monday- Saturday 9-5, Sunday 1-5.That is enough for now. More Museums to come next time!