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Cyrus McCormick Museum

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Address: State Rte. 606, 5 mi north of Lexington, Lexington, VA
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Lee, Jackson, Marshall--and McCormick

There are so many things to see in Lexington, Virginia, and most of them have to do with Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and George C. Marshall, all American military heroes. One... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 16 January 2017
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Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

There are so many things to see in Lexington, Virginia, and most of them have to do with Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and George C. Marshall, all American military heroes. One famous person who often gets lost in the shuffle is Cyrus McCormick, the inventor of the mechanical reaper that eventually led to the creation of the combine harvester.... More 

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Portland, Maine
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

A little off the beaten path this pastoral setting is the home of history. History students will know the invention of the reaper played a key role in the history of agriculture. The setting is part of Virginia Tech. Also a nice place for a picnic.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Visit a grist mill built by Cyrus McCormick's grandfather, the McCormick family farm, and the blacksmith shop where Cyrus McCormick developed the mechanized reaper that changed farming practices... all for FREE! It is a self guided tour, with plenty of signage explaining what you are looking at. Be sure to push the button on top of the audio box at... More 

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Cuba, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016 via mobile

Nicely preserved grist mill and waterwheel. Grounds are well maintained, decent restrooms. Just a brief bit of history about the reaper machine. It was ok but I wouldn't go out of my way to come here.

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Highland, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

The free visit to the Cyrus McCormick Museum was an unexpected delight. The self guided exhibit is very well done and interesting. It provided a wonderful glimpse into the past and how innovation changed farming across America.

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2016

Loved the Farm complete with a grist mill built by Cyrus McCormick's grandfather, along with the Museum which contains the original mechanical reaper that changed the course of agriculture. The models of various agricultural inventions that followed the reaper were fascinating. The audio presentation in a box on the side wall just inside the museum entrance was outstanding! We also... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2016 via mobile

Stop here on our way back home from natural bridge. Absolutely beautiful not far from the interstate. Wonderful picnic site, very well maintained, and very educational.

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Layton, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2016 via mobile

Unfortunately we were trying to see this attraction prior to a major storm hitting the area. According to radar we had an hour or so, so we quickly toured the site. I wish we would have taken more time regardless of the storm. The farm was stunning. Having been raised on a farm myself I was quickly "in love" with... More 

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Bedminster, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2016

This is not exactly a museum but rather several restored buildings, including a grist mill, which are open to the public without charge and contain replicas of the original reaper and other artifacts from the original farm. There is also a nature trail that leads to the mill pond. It's all very low key but worth a visit if you... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2015

The exhibits include a museum of the development of the McCormick reaper, a water powered flour mill, several small outbuildings and a path to the millpond. Most enjoyable for us was the walk on the path, where there are descriptive plaques of the local ecology. I also enjoyed the presentation in models, photos and narratives about the development of the... More 

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