Covering an area of approximately 2,400 cu. ft., poultry is the largest of the Museum’s permanent exhibits and includes “The Birth of the Broiler Industry” Mrs. Cecil Steele’s chicken house (ca 1923); the structure is on the National Register of Historic Places. On account of the industry's importance to the state, our goal is to make poultry the “highlight” of Delaware Agricultural Museum exhibits, providing visitors of all ages with a quality informational and educational experience focused on the industry, past, present and future.
Jim Karsnitz and Spencer Hill delivered and installed a modern heater, feed and watering equipment, courtesy of Eastern Shore Poultry, in the Museum's new commercial broiler house "classroom" on August 6th.
This equipment forms part of the poultry exhibit display and will also be used in the Museum's educational programs focused on modern poultry farming that the museum plans to launch in spring 2020.
Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation Donate Funds for the Poultry Exhibit - Veritcal Integration Display
In May 2019, the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation donated $5,000 to the Delaware Agricultural Museum to support the upgrade and expansion of the museum’s poultry exhibit!!
The Perdue Foundation gift is key to the STEM concepts explored in the exhibit. The funds will be used to develop the poultry industry “Vertical Integration” display that will also incorporate hands-on educational activities.
The Delaware Agricultural Museum’s Board of Directors and staff are grateful for the generosity shown by the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation in support of this project.
Mountaire Farms Donates $10,000 to the Ag Museum to Honor James "Jim" Baxter
In November 2018, Mountaire Farms, generously donated $10,000 to the Delaware Agricultural Museum to modernize our poultry exhibit and help honor the late James H. Baxter, Jr., a well-known farmer in Sussex County. Mr. Baxter was a farmer in Stockley, Del., his entire life. During his career he grew chickens for Mountaire Farms and served in a variety of capacities, including President of the Delaware Farm Bureau for 10 years, and as Sussex County Recorder of Deeds. He passed away in August at the age of 94.
“Jim Baxter was a great friend to agriculture and to the State of Delaware,” said Paul Downes, former President and CEO of Mountaire Farms who arranged for the donation. “He was a man of faith, high integrity and well respected by all who knew him. He loved his family, his friends and his community. He had the best handshake in the state of Delaware."
The Delaware Agricultural Museum is grateful to Mountaire Farms for their support and generousity!!