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At the Delaware State Fair in 1976, Governor Sherman W. Tribbett signed the bill for an appropriation of $1,200,000 for an Agricultural Museum to be built at the State Capital in Dover. A tract of 10 acres of land adjoining the Delaware State College grounds at 866 North duPont Blvd. and Route #13 was purchased. On September 8, 1979, the museum was dedicated as a reality.
This dedication was attended by the top political and agricultural leaders of the state. Governor Pierre S. duPont, former Governor Sherman W. Tribbitts, Secretary of Agriculture, Alden S. Hopkins, and members of the General Assembly, along with all the farm organizations participated in the ceremonies.
Governor duPont, in his remarks, said 'May this museum prosper for the remainder of the history of the state.' Ex-governor Tribbett called this museum 'A salute to agriculture, and thus recognizes its importance in our state.'
The President of the new museum, Mr. Edward F. Evans, whose efforts of many years are now rewarded, was asked when the museum would be completed. He declared 'I hope it will never be completed', and expressed a fervant hope that it would be an example in conformity for each new generation.
There will be steam traction engines, gasoline tractors with one, two, four and six cylinders of various manufacturers, portable engines, tread powers, threshers and much farm equipment of past times to demonstrate to future generations what made America.
One small four-room farm house, such as prevailed in Delaware circa 1900 and beyond has been donated by Dr. Homer Minus of Dover. In the future there are plans for a village blacksmith, country church, little red school house, country store, grist mill and perhaps a sawmill, as well as other buildings which portray the history of Delaware.
And certainly not to be forgotten are the Delaware ladies and their culinary skill. Anyone who has had the privilege of eating the tasty chicken as well as other foods in the Grange Hall or at other local food stands will not forget this large Fair in this small state. The Delaware ladies are also promoting the museum by compiling a Delaware cookbook. Many people collect these. Anyone who is interested can write to Mrs. Diane Wicks, R.D. 1, Box 34, Middletown, Delaware 19709.