Information about the
primarily to farm life in the Knox County area, the Knox County
Agricultural Museum houses more than 3,000 items used on the farm and
in the house, preserving artifacts of rural life. The Knox County
Agricultural Museum was started in 1984 when small tools and
household items were brought to the Knox County Fair and displayed.
Interest in these antiques demanded that steps be taken to collect
and display farm and household items of the past.
is managed by a volunteer committee headed by a coordinator, an
assistant coordinator, secretary and treasurer. The membership makes
all decisions regarding the operation of the museum.
is located on the county fairgrounds which technically is under the
jurisdiction of the county commissioners. The museum is a formally
organized committee (department) of the fair board. This arrangement
assures the eternal operation of the museum. Such an arrangement
also relieves the museum committee of the responsibility of taxes,
insurance, utilities, snow removal, lawn care and security. The
museum handles its own funds, bank accounts and management decisions.
All museum funds are audited annually and a report made to the fair
board. In turn the fair board makes an annual report to the Ohio
Department of Agriculture.
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County Agricultural Museum is located on the Knox County Fair
grounds, Mount Vernon, Ohio. It houses many items and activities
common to the agricultural development of this county. In the museum
you will see corn shellers, cider press, blacksmith tools, many small
farm tools, butchering tools, early laundry machines, butter churns
and treadle sewing machines. As well as the museum, there is an
active rug weaving group, and other buildings common to farm life:
log cabin, well house, one room school house and the Lion House from
the old Hiawatha Park, where the fair ground are now located.
the Knox County Agricultural Society is always welcome: financial
support for general operations, a specific project or endowment
funds, volunteers to serve on committees or to work at the museum or
on its projects; items for donation to the museum or other efforts
to preserve our rural past.
Agricultural Museum at the Knox County fairgrounds is in Academia,
just north of Mount Vernon on State Route 3. A link to Google Maps is provided below. The museum is open
during the fair in late July and by appointment other times. For
further information please contact 740-392-6102 or 800-837-5282 or
write to Knox County Agricultural Association, P.O. Box 171, Mount
Vernon, Ohio 43050