Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village

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"The Delaware Agricultural Museum Association was formed by a group of people dedicated to preserving the agricultural heritage of Delaware and the Delmarva Peninsula. The Museum opened its doors to the public in August 1980. A main exhibit building and fifteen historic structures associated with a nineteenth century farming community bring the fascinating story of agriculture to life. More than 4,000 artifacts are displayed in the main exhibit building - from butter churns to threshers, from an eighteenth century log house to the first broiler chicken house.

The artifacts convey the story of technological growth and change in Delaware and Delmarva's agricultural industries and farm home life through permanent and temporary exhibitions. The historic buildings:

  • mill
  • train station
  • schoolhouse
  • blacksmith & wheelwright shop
  • country store
  • farmhouse, garden, & outbuildings
  • barbershop
  • church

collectively illustrate a day in the life of a nineteenth century farmer.

Since its opening, more than 500,000 visitors have toured the Museum and learned about Delaware and Delmarva's agricultural history through long-term exhibitions focusing on grain harvesting, the evolution of the tractor, and the poultry, produce and dairy industries. Temporary exhibits offer insights into other facets of rural life. In addition, the Museum hosts a number of annual special events which highlight the activities of nineteenth century farmers.

The Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village, a private, non-profit educational organization, is supported by:

  • admission fees
  • annual membership dues
  • contributions, both individual and corporate
  • private foundations, and
  • local, state, and federal government grants.

A volunteer board of twenty-four Trustees governs the Museum. The day-to-day operations of the Museum are handled by a staff of thirteen and over 300 volunteers. The staff oversees a collection of more than 10,000 artifacts, the historic buildings, ten acres of land, and the 30,000 square foot exhibit/administrative building. The staff also produces a creative program of special events, educational programs and constantly changing array of exhibits.

For the child who believes milk comes from the grocery store instead of a cow, for the woman who remembers using a cornsheller on her grandmother's farm, the family who takes twentieth century technological advances and the farmer for granted, the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village offers a memorable and educational experience. By preserving the quickly fading agricultural heritage of Delaware and the Delmarva Peninsula, the Museum stands as an important legacy for future generations."

source: Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village, http://www.agriculturalmuseum.org/history.htm

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