It has been nearly 40 years since the Delaware Agricultural Museum opened to the public. Thousands of people visit the museum each year, travelling here from around the country and around the world. Every person who visits the museum gains an appreciation for First State agriculture and rural heritage through our vast collection of antique farm machinery, exhibits focused on rural life and the historic buildings that comprise the Museum's 1890's Village.
Inside the Museum
Situated in a 38,000 square foot building, the Delaware Agricultural Museum houses a collection of over 4,000 artifacts featured in a variety of interesting exhibits. Included among the many highlights are:
The Birth of the “Broiler” Industry
Cecile Steele's 16' x 16' chicken house (ca. 1923) National Register of Historic Places
A collection of antique farm machinery, equipment
and tools without equal on the east coast
The nationally recognized Jehu Camper folk art collection
The Museum's village Loockerman Landing illustrates daily life in rural Delaware in the late nineteenth century. All of the following historic structures are open to the public:
• Silver Lake Mill • Loockerman Landing Train Station • Mill Lane School • Reed General Store • Gourley Barbershop • St. Thomas Church •Carney Farmhouse
• Johnson & Son Blacksmith and Wheelwright Shop
The objects and artifacts on display in these beautifully preserved buildings tell the story of growth and change in Delaware's rural communities.
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