Southland Flywheelers Bring Van Winkle Cotton Gin Out of Deep Slumber

The Southland Flywheeler Antique Tractor & Engine Club in Alabama restores a circa-1880 cotton gin and gets it running on steam power.

First exhibition of the restored Van Winkle gin and makeshift condenser at the 2011 Morgan Co. fall fair. The Van Winkle was not equipped with accessories for drying bolls or pre-cleaning leaves or sticks from the bolls before sending them onto the saws. In demonstrations, Flywheelers volunteers used carefully handpicked cotton grown on the club’s farm in Hartselle, Alabama.
Photo courtesy the Southland Flywheeler Antique Tractor & Engine Club