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Georgia Museum of Agriculture (aka Agrirama)

Posted by romeethredge on October 24, 2014

I really enjoyed going back to the only place I’ve ever plowed a mule, the Ga Museum of Agriculture in Tifton Georgia. It used to be called the Agrirama, but now it is a part of ABAC and it is a delight to experience as we did during ABAC Family weekend recently.

Here is the link to their website  http://www.abac.edu/museum

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I really liked seeing the grist mill in action. Folks used to carry their corn to the grist mill and there was one in every community. The corn you grew was ground into corn meal and grits which were staples in every country diet, a hundred years ago. You could pay for the grinding or give the Miller an eighth of the meal, in payment.

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It was a treat to ride in the cars behind the old steam engine with my old friend Keith Rucker as the engineer. In those days  just about everything was steam powered.  A lot of good folks work at the Museum to bring the old days alive for us.

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You can see a blacksmith at work as well.

 

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The lumber sawing was very interesting too, another use for steam power.

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Sometimes they have to sharpen the blades.

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You can see a lot about how we used to deal with cotton while there.

 

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And the indoor section had many exhibits including this steam engine donated by Mayo Livingston.

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