More than 3,000 items on display on exhibition grounds in Bible Hill
Dick Huggard, left, and Paige Baird of the Antique Farm Equipment Museum show off the knitting machine from the early 1920’s which is one of the new items on display. There are very few of these in working order in existence. Lynn Curwin – Special to the Truro Daily News
BIBLE HILL - New items, old in nature, are on display at the Antique Farm Equipment Museum.
The museum, which is located on the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition grounds in Bible Hill, houses more than 3,000 items and a walk through the building is like a journey back in time.
"One of our newest additions is an old knitting machine," said Antique Farm Equipment Museum committee member Dick Huggard. "Paige (Baird) put parts from three or four old ones together to make one that will knit now. They were from the early 1920s and cost $72, so they were quite expensive."
The museum has also added a wooden washing machine, patented in 1888, which was found in a building in Onslow Mountain, and a wood-burning cooper stove, which was used to warm wood so it could be bent to make barrels.
"We're organizing things with a theme approach in some areas," said Huggard. "We have dairy, poultry, kitchen, blacksmith and fun on the farm. The kitchen has a stove that was made at the Brule foundry and the blacksmith shop includes a lot of tools that were made locally by blacksmiths."
There are several antique wagons, tractors and other pieces of equipment from years past.
The items on display have been donated and the museum committee is always glad to hear from people with something new to add to the collection, including old records of events and trophies from exhibitions and shows.
The museum is open Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 10 until noon until the exhibition, as well as during special events, such as the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition, NSAC open house, 4-H shows, bluegrass festival and Atlantic Grand Circuit Week. Schools and church groups have arranged visits and the facility will be the site of a wedding reception in the fall. No admission is charged but donations are gratefully accepted.
"If any groups are interested in coming through we're willing to open this up for them," added Huggard. "People enjoy looking at old things and we like to make them available for viewing. This is part of our history and we encourage people to come and see it."