From small hand tools to large steam engines and sawmills from the 1920s, the museum showcased antiques, some dating as far back as the 1800s, across 12 acres of its 115-acre property.
People toured the museum in horse-drawn wagons and a red train-shaped tractor with a wagon attached behind it.
Some of the facilities included an old restored schoolhouse, a horse-drawn equipment building, a collections building, a shoe repair shop from the 1950s and an antique tractor exhibit building that's in mid-construction. Next to a classic car show there was a 1920s
"This is not an agricultural museum," he said. "It's a museum that's preserving life from a once-rural community. It's not just tractors or farming equipment. Some of our facilities have a household full of inventions."
The exhibition has been going on for 32 years, but before the museum was established in 2004, it was managed by the
"A lot of people want to preserve this part of history for the kids and be able to show them that things were a lot harder back then," said
The museum now has more than 900 members, and 150 of them volunteered for the weekend.
Lines formed around the pavilion for the chicken barbecue Sunday.
Some antique dealers and crafters camped out on the property all weekend to sell their treasures.
There were also pony rides and a petting zoo set up for children.
"It's one of the greatest things for tourism in
He said the exhibition draws people from across the state and even the
"It's history and preserving of the past and giving younger people an idea of how people lived,"
He said the museum, which is run solely through volunteers and donations, has grown over the past three years, with more buildings for exhibits, including the antique tractor exhibit building that's being constructed now.
"Not only are we now debt free, but we actually have a net worth of over
"Every year we just hope it will continue to grow," he said.
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