EDUCATION AND LEARNING

Antique Tractors on Display at The Curran Homestead July 20/21

Posted July 17, 2013, at 10:10 p.m.

Saturday, July 20 to Sunday, July 21, 2013; 9:05 a.m. to 3:05 p.m.

Location: The Curran Homestead Living History Farm & Museum, 372 Fields Pond Rd, Orrington, ME

Contact: BRUCE R. BOWDEN, MUSEUM DIRECTOR; TEL. 207-356-5076

Website: curranhomestead.org

A 1926 Fordson Model F Tractor will be one of the many antique tractors on display at the July 20/21 Summer Festival at The Curran Homestead Living History Farm & Museum, celebrating its 22nd Anniversary and Maine’s Open Farm Day.

The Fordson tractor, made by Henry Ford and Son of Dearborn, Michigan, is one of many from the Maine Antique Tractor Club expected to arrive at the living history farm for the Summer Festival, which is held annually to transport visitors back to a time when there was no running water and food came straight from the garden, according to Curran Homestead Museum Director, Bruce R. Bowden, who owns the Fordson tractor.

Along with an expected Sunday morning visit from Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Commissioner, Walt Whitcomb, activities planned for the two-day summer gathering include tractor-drawn wagon and Model T rides, scavenger hunts, small farm animals to pet, live music, living-history exhibits and demonstrations, a working blacksmith, noon BBQ’s and a featured Doodlebug (antique vehicles) Pulling competition Sunday afternoon.

The circa 1890’s Curran Homestead was a subsistence farm that utilized crops, animals, wood and local resources, such as ice from Fields Pond, to provide food, shelter and cash for the Curran family.

Mary Katherine Curran, who died in 1991, asked in her will that the property be preserved, so a group of local volunteers decided to take the 39-acre dilapidated farm, restore it and turn it into the Curran Homestead Living History Farm & Museum. Twenty-otwo years later, the Fields Pond Road farm in Orrington provides a glimpse into the area’s rural heritage, and the volunteer board strives to preserve treasures from yesteryear.

Richard Stockford, President of The Curran Homestead Board of Directors said, “The American family farm is vanishing, and with each lost farm goes another symbol of Maine’s unique culture. That’s why the creation of The Curran Homestead is so important.” Stockford added, “Our living history farm and museum will enrich the lives of our children and grandchildren, offer our communities many opportunities for wholesome family fun, museum displays, and hands-on programs.”

The Curran Homestead is located at 372 Fields Pond Road in Orrington. Gates both days will open to visitors from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Curran Homestead Living History Farm and Museum is an all-volunteer community education project and a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that relies on its members, donors, and the community for support. For more information: www.curranhomestead.org

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