First Reaper: The Beginning of Farm Mechanization

Cyrus Hall McCormick takes the first step toward farm mechanization with the first reaper

Forge shop
The forge shop on the McCormick farm in Walnut Grove, Rockbridge County, Virginia, as it appeared when Cyrus Hall McCormick invented the reaper. The reaper in its early stage can be seen in the foreground. The forge shop, which still stands, has been designated a registered national historic landmark by the U.S. Department of Interior.