Agricultural Equip. at Grange Farm and Fair Museum, Topsfield, MA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member NorStar
N 42° 37.748 W 070° 56.690
19T E 340527 N 4721465
Quick Description: The exhibits at the Grange Farm and Fair Museum in Topsfield, MA, has an assortment of farm equipment, tools and carriages inside an exhibition building.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 10/13/2008 8:23:34 AM
Waymark Code: WM4YAC
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member SearchN
Views: 13

Long Description:
The Grange Farm and Fair Museum has several farm equipment and tools on display. Unfortunately, though items are usually tagged what they are, they don't say who the manufacturers were and when they were made. There were a couple laminated signs with years on them for rental of plowing teams for example that went from 1833 to 1900 (shows that the price was steady at $10-12 for most of the 1800s but plummeted to $6 in 1900).

Some of the items seen:
- ice cutting tools
- scuffle hoe
- butter churners
- cheese presses
- cream separator
- plows
- yarn cleaner
- plus carriages and sleds.

The web site page for the Grange Building has more detail and pictures. It is here:
(visit link)

The museum is open at least during the Topsfield Fair, which is in the first week of October. The web site for the fair is here:

(visit link)

I do not know when else they may be open. There were no signs seen that showed any hours, and I don't know of any other events that take place at the Topsfield Fairgrounds that might have the building open. The fee shown is the fair entrance fee, about $12 [2008] (or $7 if you buy them at a AAA travel office).
Use or Purpose of Equipment: Butter churners, cheese presses, ice cutting tools, plows and more.

Approximate age: Many likely go back to before 1900.

Manufacturer and model: None specified

Still in Use?: No

The Grange Farm and Fair Museum is in an exhibition building on the Topsfield Fairgrounds along U.S. Route 1, near Route 97, in Topsfield.

Fee for Access: yes

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