Antique Farm Equipment At Falls Mill Museum

The Farmer loves looking at old farm equipment.  I think it reminds him of the good old days, back when he was a kid on a farm in Oklahoma.

Take all this antique farm equipment we saw at Falls Mill Water-Powered Grain Mill And Museum in Belvidere, Tennessee:

Old Farm Equipment

Old Farm Equipment

The Farmer informed me that one of these is an old horse-drawn riding cultivator, and that they used to have one on the farm where he grew up.  The piece of old farm equipment to the left of it is a two-row planter, and was also pulled by horses.

In the back of that first picture there’s an antique manure spreader.  Here it is from the business end:

Antique Manure Spreader

Antique Manure Spreader

I suppose I shouldn’t admit to this, but I remember having something like this on the farm when I was growing up!  Only by then, it was pulled by a tractor instead of horses.  My folks would take a load of cow manure out of the barnyard, pull this manure spreader and let the errr… manure… fly over the  pastures.  I’m sure it was great for fertilizing the fields, but it sure did stir up a stink for a while!  (Bet the neighbors loved it, don’t you?)

There was also an old Ford truck at Falls Mill Museum: 

Old Ford Truck

Old Ford Truck

This 1946 Ford truck was used for over 40 years to haul grain to the Little Red Mill in Winchester, Tennessee.  It was also used at Falls Mill.

The sign on the old Ford truck says they are hoping to restore it some day.

Me, I’d rather see the old horse drawn riding cultivator, say behind a Belgian or Clydesdale or Percheron horse.  Yeah, that’d be cool.  I just LOVE those big draft horses!


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  1. Carter Evans says:

    I have a question about the Old Ford Truck. I was wondering if you knew the manufacturer on the Truck Body or Bed in the back. My Grandfather used to make them in Memphis. Thanks.

  2. Iam interested in the horse drawn cult in the 1st picture on this page
    bottom right a cultivator, would someone know who manufactured it.
    Walter Saide
    Barrhead Alberta T7N 1A3

  3. I have the same manure spreader in my front yard. It doesnt have the seat anymore but everything else is there with it. Does anyone have any information on manufacturer and year it was made? I have had some interest in it from a local restoration/collecter and would like to inter into this knowing more about it?

  4. tom ray johnson says:

    58 yrs old, never seen what I picked up today. Seems to be a cane cutter, man I bought them from thinks maybe a corn sheller, I have never seen this before and have lived my entire life on farm. Have pictures, but can’t sent them to you on this transmission. please contact.

  5. Ernie Jenkins says:

    I have an antique brass grain probe. They were used to take grain samples out of a wagonfull of grain. I have two one is brass with a wooden knob has 11 holes for samples. The other has brass knob has 8 holes. They came ffrom a feed mill in Circleville,Oh. this mill was opened in 1886. John W. Eshelman & Sons. We were wondering what kind of value they might have. They are in excllent cond. We have kept them clean and dry. Would appreciate any info. you might have on them. We know they are Burrows Equipment Co. Evaston,Ill. Thanks

  6. Ernie Jenkins says:

    Please tell me anything you can.

  7. tractor antique, says:

    Interesting! Looks like a worthwhile place to visit.

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