By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal
Here in the South, a tractor isn’t just a piece of farm equipment: It’s a mode of transportation, too.
That’s why a host of antique tractors, as well as other farming tools, are on display this month at the Tupelo Automobile Museum.
“These guys that restore tractors, they grew up on a farm and drove their daddy’s tractor,” said Allen McDaniel, museum curator. “You’ll hear them say, ‘My dad had a tractor like that. I used to drive that around,’ and they did. They’d drive it to church, drive it to school. I knew a guy who drove it to Boy Scouts.”
The exhibit features restored tractors from the ‘40s and ‘50s, as well as pulling tractors and other tools.
“This year it’s more about smaller garden tractors and hand tools. More of home garden equipment than larger tractors,” McDaniel said.
The pieces were locally restored and are on loan from tractor enthusiasts in Tupelo, Pontotoc, Fulton, Iuka and other towns.
Gerald Creely loaned out two farm wagons, too, made by Studebaker and John Deere.
McDaniel said tractor enthusiasts are taking old, parked tractors and giving them new life in the restoration process.
“There are different clubs around that do tractor shows, so we call on them for our farming exhibit,” he said.
The farm equipment display will be up at the Automobile Museum through April 28, and it’s included in the admission price of the museum.