Zagray Farm Museum: A Living Link to the Past

Zagray Farm Museum preserves brothers’ old iron collection.

This cupola furnace was salvaged from a Collinsville, Conn., foundry. The Zagray brothers used it to make castings.
Photo by Leslie C. McManus
A Nelson truck loader built by Nelson Iron Works, Clifton, N.J., in the 1930s. Club members said the piece was used to load shoveled snow into trucks, a job hard to imagine during Zagray's 2013 summer show, when sweltering temperatures were the order of the day.
Photo by Leslie C. McManus
QVEA volunteer Dave McClary guides youthful visitors through century-old equipment in the Zagray machine shop.
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One of several tractors scattered around Zagray Farm Museum, abandoned so long that a tree has grown through it and lichens have formed on the tires.
Photo by Leslie C. McManus
Mike Brigham holding his Wright reciprocating saw with a Mall Model 10 two-man chainsaw at his feet. The Mall dates to about 1949-'51. Made of die-cast aluminum and magnesium alloys, it weighs nearly 70 pounds. "The bigger two-man bows are unusual," says Mike, who owns the saw with his dad, Danny. "They're very slow but they have a lot of power."
Photo by Leslie C. McManus
A fragment of Tom Maikshilo's saw collection on display at Colchester. Tom also collects chainsaw memorabilia: signs, pamphlets, oilcans and manuals.
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Chainsaw collector Tom Maikshilo.
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At the QVEA, the next generation gets a bit of hands-on experience with construction giants of the past. Paired with volunteers, kids take a turn at the levers of this Northwest Model 80D shovel, which always draws a crowd no matter who’s operating it.
Photo by Leslie C. McManus
George Jarvis, 84, has a lifetime of experience operating massive equipment like the Northwest 80D shovel.
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Bob Hanna's 1951 Ford 8N with a flathead V-8 Funk conversion.
Photo by Leslie C. McManus
Jon Cicarelli added a headlight kit and found a cultivator to pair with this Wheel Horse 701 prototype.
Photo by Leslie C. McManus

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