July 6, 2014

New look at old equipment

PERU —The public was invited to learn about farming before the modern era at the recent Homesteading and Woodworking Weekend event.

The Babbie Rural & Farm Learning Museum, which opened four years ago, collects farm equipment from the 1950s and earlier.

“Ninety percent of what we show is running,” said Scott Sartwell, who held demonstrations throughout the afternoon.

A shingle mill, gas-powered corn grinders and two-person chainsaw were just some of the equipment shown during the event.

The Champlain Valley woodcarvers were also demonstrating their skills in the main exhibit room throughout the weekend.

“I think we should preserve as much as we can,” said Leeward Babbie, the museum’s founder and CEO.

“We try to teach as much as we can, and we try to do it in fun way for the kids,” he said.


Video from this event, prepared exclusively for the Press-Republican by John Mastronardo and Seth Thomas of Point Blank Productions is available online.

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