The huge 100 year old Robert Bell steam engine was built in Seaforth, Ontario in 1909 by the Robert Bell Steam Engine and Threshing Company. It was shipped to Stirling by train. The Stapley family, who lived just east of Stirling, used the steam engine to power the threshing 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. The Robert Bell Steam Engine and the huge diesel engine are on display as well.
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