The next Member Meeting of the Smithville Community Historical Society will be Monday, February 4, 2019 beginning with lunch at Noon at Muddy’s in Wooster (335 E Liberty St), followed by a tour of the Buckeye Agricultural Museum and Education Center located at 877 W. Old Lincoln Way in Wooster.
A committee to develop the Museum was formed as far back as 1975, and resolutions backing construction of the museum were introduced in 1977 in the Ohio General Assembly by Rep. John E. Johnson and Sen. Kenneth Cox.
Frustrated by the red tape, a group of six men who named themselves Friends of Wayne County Fair began meeting regularly in 2013, under the leadership of a local farmer, Ron Grosjean, to develop and execute a plan.
Finally opened in 2018, the building has an interesting history, having served the International Harvester Company and an American Motors franchise. Damage suffered during the 1969 flood was repaired and the building expanded.
The centerpiece of the collection is a 16-horsepower, 1923 Russell Steam Engine “restored many years ago by Wayne Mutual Insurance,” Paul Locher said in a 2018 article in the Daily Record. It will be “re-restored” to work on compressed air, allowing visitors to see it operate.
One of the highlights of the building is a museum within a museum — a gallery dedicated to the history of the Wayne County Fair filled with newspaper articles, portraits of featured performers over the years, archival items and pictures of local fair participants, for whom “we’re trying to get IDs,” Locher said.
Join The Smithville Community Historical Society us for an interesting day of agricultural history!