Bob Harrell remembers harvesting peanuts with horse-drawn implements.
In the early years, peanut growers hooked a horse or mule to this offset two-in-one plow used to cultivate peanuts. Shown with the plow: peanut historian Robert Harrell.
This shelf with metal tines, part of a vintage peanut picker, separated peanuts from vines.
This 2-row adjustable lime and plaster spreader was manufactured by the Ferguson Mfg. Co., Suffolk, Va.
Peanut diggers like this were hooked to a tractor, a huge step up from horse- and mule-drawn equipment.
Many peanut farmers in Chowan County, N.C., used peanut pickers. Benthall Machine Co., Suffolk, Va., produced the Model F-7.
Robert Harrell of Edenton, N.C., with a T-post (a pole with a crossbar at the bottom) that peanut farmers used years ago for stacking peanuts. The T-post kept the peanut vines off the ground and protected the vines from weather-related damage and disease.
Hay balers like this were used at the beginning of the peanut era in Chowan County, N.C.
Robert Harrell, former executive director of the Albemarle Learning Center in Chowan County, N.C., tours two local students around in a cart pulled by a mule, one of the modes of enjoyable travel often used years ago by many northeast North Carolina farmers and their families.
Photo courtesy of Robert Harrell and the Albemarle Learning Center