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Community partners bring historical museum to Fiddlers Grove

Staff Reports • Oct 24, 2017 at 2:21 PM

The construction of a museum housing wagons and farm equipment at Fiddlers Grove Historical Village will get underway thanks in part to a donation from agricultural lender Farm Credit Mid-America.

The museum project is spearheaded by Bob Haley, a longtime farmer in Wilson County with an extensive collection of farm equipment ranging throughout several centuries.

Farm Credit’s donation guarantees that agriculture’s historical significance will be on display for the enjoyment of generations to come.

“This partnership gives us an extraordinary opportunity to raise awareness of the value of agriculture and the importance of farming throughout our history,” said Jack Swanson, of Farm Credit Mid-America. “We’re excited to partner with Mr. Haley and the foundation members to tell agriculture’s story and ultimately help secure the future of rural communities and agriculture by preserving its past.”

“We are so thankful to Farm Credit for their donation and sponsorship of this project to be built in the near future in Fiddlers Grove. We look forward to working together to bring this dream to reality,” said Helen McPeak, Fiddlers Grove Foundation vice president.

Fiddlers Grove Historical Village is located on the grounds of the James E. Ward Agricultural Center. Its mission is to preserve the history of the citizens of Wilson County through conserving buildings, artifacts and oral and written histories.

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