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The history of Hastings County and the surrounding area comes alive at the Farmtown Park; from the early days of cheese making, through the evolution of farm machinery to the unique Heritage Village, which depicts a typical village of the nineteen thirties and forties

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High summer at Farmtown Park

High summer at Farmtown Park

The history of Hastings County and the surrounding area comes alive at the Farmtown Park; from the early days of cheese making, through the evolution of farm machinery to the unique Heritage Village, which depicts a typical village of the nineteen thirties and forties.

See the barn with the dairy cows and look for the ducks. Visit the cheese factory with the cheese hoops, cheese vats and the curing room. Learn about how the unique Dutch Clock  from Holland was brought to Belleville and was used to sell cheese.

Wander through the eight buildings each of which are different. They all give you a nostalgic glimpse of our past, and chance to think about the future. You learn something about agriculture, how our food is produced and the farmers who produce it. You can watch videos and take a self-quided tour with an audio wand.

Please allow yourself at least an hour and a half to fully appreciate all there is to see. You can either pick up an audio wand for a self-guided tour or ask one of the volunteer guides to show you round.

Farmtown Park is the home of the Hastings County Museum of Agricultural Heritage. Come on a tour  with Roy Bonisteel. 


Engine House


The huge 100 year old Robert Bell steam engine, which was built in 1909 in Seaforth in western Ontario by the Robert Bell Steam Engine and Threshing Company and shipped to Stirling by train. The Stapley family, who lived just east of Stirling, used the steam engine to power thrashing machines, which harvested grain. They took the engine from farm to farm at harvest time.

The Steam Engine Building at Farmtown Park houses numerous engines and artifacts including a vast display of chain saws. We have the Robert Bell Steam Engine and the huge diesel engine.


Tractor Building

The Antique Tractor Building at Farmtown Park houses over 50 tractors, and takes the visitor through the evolution of the farm tractor. It is very impressive display, put together by the over 60 folks who are active members of the Tractor Club. The mission of Tractor Club is to preserve classic tractors and agricultural machinery


The Tractor Club raises money for the Hastings County Museum of Agricultural Heritage and other charities by raffling an antique tractor each year. In 2008 the village of Stirling and the Stirling Agricultural Society celebrated the 150th anniversaries and the Hastings County Farm Show and Plowing Match was in Stirling. There was a tractor parade, which established the first world record for the Guinness Book of Records with 601 tractors.

The Tractor Club meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the museum. Contact Secretary Steven French (613) 394-9991


The Tractor Building is home to over 60 antique tractors.

The Tractor Building is home to over 60 antique tractors.

Harvest Building


Threshing

Threshing


You can find the whole history of harvesting equipment at Farmtown Park, not only for harvesting grain, but also for making hay and straw.

Hay is dried grass, which farmers now put into bales to feed to the animals in winter. Before machines for making bales were invented, the farmers used to put the hay loose on to wagons and take it to the barn to be stored. They lifted the hay using a hessian sling and swung it into the hayloft. Once balers were introduced farmers could bale the hay in the field and because the hay in bales is compacted farmers can store more of it.

You can see all sorts of balers in the Harvest Building including a straw packer for making bales of straw. Straw is the stalk of the grain once the grain has been removed and is used for bedding for the animals.There are threshing machines . Each summer there are demonstrations using the equipment at the Hastings County Farm Show and Plowing Match.

George V School House


George V School House

George V School House

he George V School House is set up as a one room school dating from the 1930s. Small schools were common in the rural area until the mid sixies. At Grand Parents Day in September children can experience what it was like to go to a one room school house.

More and more schools are taking advantage of the wonderful learning environment found at Hastings County Museum of Agricultural Heritage. With your help we can design a program to meet the educational needs of your students. Grade Four students are invited to Agribition in early October to learn about our agricultural heritage and where our food comes from. They milk the cow, make butter and try other hands on excercises.

If you are interested in bringing your class to Farmtown Park for a visit please contact Margaret Grotek at (613) 395-0015 or info@agmuseum.ca

Discovery Centre


Diorama of Stlrllng-Rawdon

Diorama of Stlrllng-Rawdon

The new interactive children's Discovery Centre was opened by Roy Bonisteel at the Strawberry Social on June 2011. It is home to the amazing Jack Ward Collection of die-cast toy tractors and trucks, and the diorama of Stirling and area where everything is in miniature. Watch the new All is Silence video for children and remember our veterans.