Agriculture and Carpentry



An original Marshall County sodbuster or breaking plow is the centerpiece of our farming display. We also feature an early horse-drawn plow such as farmers would have used in subsequent years.


Other highlights of the farming display include a barbed-wire collection, corn shellers, corn huskers, milk separator, sausage stuffer, whetstone, grist mill, and harness maker with tack.

The main feature of the carpentry display is a large foot-powered treadle-operated wood lathe. 


Marshall County was settled by Americans moving west, veterans who received land after the Civil War, and African-Americans from Kentucky and Tennessee moving to escape racial oppression in the 1880s.  Joining them were English, Scottish, Irish, German, Swedish, Danish, Czech, Swiss, French, and Canadian emigrants.