Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village


The back-breaking tasks of growing, harvesting, processing, and distributing the nation's food during the 1800s inspired engineers to use their fertile imaginations to invent a wide variety of labor-saving devices. The museum's main exhibit hall and the representation of a 19th-century Delaware farming community bring to life the fascinating story of agricultural technology's growth and change, from the man-powered hay rake and horse-powered thresher to the water-powered grist and saw mills to the steam-powered tractors and gas-engine crop dusters.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Agricultural & Biological
Topic(s):Simple Machines
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:Dairy-related technological developments of the mid- and late-19th century included the first U.S.-patented ice cream freezer (1848), evaporated milk, and a method for drying milk (1850s), and the glass milk bottle (1878).