Mu­seum to fea­ture an­tique steam trac­tor

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CEN­TRE­VILLE — The Queen Anne’s Mu­seum of Eastern Shore Life will fea­ture its an­tique steam trac­tor dur­ing the month of Au­gust as it does each year to co­in­cide with the an­nual county fair.

It is a 1913 Peer­less steam trac­tion en­gine with a boiler filled with wa­ter. Fire­wood is the fuel that is used to boil the wa­ter to pro­duce the steam which pow­ers the ma­chine.

The unit was ren­o­vated sev­eral years ago and has been in­spected and cer­ti­fied each year to com­ply with the state’s safety and li­cens­ing laws. It has since been fired up and ex­hib­ited at var­i­ous events on the Mid-Shore each sum­mer. John Harper of Cen­tre­ville, chair­man of the mu­seum’s board of di­rec­tors, is the cer­ti­fied op­er­a­tor of the trac­tor.

Each July it is ex­hib­ited at the Tuck­a­hoe Steam & Gas As­so­ci­a­tion’s an­nual an­tique equip­ment show near Eas­ton. It is then ex­hib­ited at the Eastern Shore Thresh­er­men & Col­lec­tors As­so­ci­a­tion’s an­nual an­tique equip­ment show near Fed­er­als­burg. The trac­tor is then re­turned to the Queen Anne’s County 4-H Park where it is ex­hib­ited at the an­nual county fair. The trac­tor leads the cer­e­mo­nial open­ing day pa­rade at the fair then is ex­hib­ited at the mu­seum the rest of the week.

The mu­seum is seek­ing more per­sons to op­er­ate this trac­tor. If any­one has ever op­er­ated one or has de­sired to op­er­ate one and would like to join in on this pro­ject, please con­tact the mu­seum at P. O. Box 525, Cen­tre­ville. Op­er­a­tors must be cer­ti­fied. Train­ing cour­ses are avail­able for those in­ter­ested.

In ad­di­tion to fea­tur­ing the an­tique trac­tor, the mu­seum is also con­tin­u­ing to fea­ture its archival photo col­lec­tion and con­tin­ues to re­quest of peo­ple of the county to help the mu­seum ex­pand its archival photo col­lec­tion by loan­ing the mu­seum pho­tos of peo­ple, places or events in Queen Anne’s County from the 1800s through the 1960s. The pho­tos would be scanned into a com­puter then promptly re­turned to the own­ers.

The mu­seum’s board of di­rec­tors lost two of its mem­bers this year. Kathy Draper passed away sev­eral months ago, and Chad Dean re­signed last month. The board has gained two new mem­bers this month with the ad­di­tion of Carolyn MacGlashan of Church Hill and Becky Mar­quardt of Cen­tre­ville. The board would like to add two or three more per­sons, so if any­one feels qual­i­fied and is in­ter­ested, please con­tact the mu­seum.

The mu­seum will be open to vis­i­tors from 1 to 4 p.m. on Satur­day, Aug. 6, and dur­ing the county fair from 1 un­til 9 p.m. on Wed­nes­day, Thurs­day and Fri­day, Aug. 10, 11 and 12. There is no ad­mis­sion fee, but do­na­tions are sin­cerely ap­pre­ci­ated.

The mu­seum is lo­cated at the Queen Anne’s County 4-H Park on Route 18 at Dulin Clark Road be­tween Cen­tre­ville and Queen­stown.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

This 1913 Peer­less steam trac­tion en­gine will lead the cer­e­mo­nial open­ing day pa­rade at the Queen Anne’s County Fair and then will be on ex­hibit at the Mu­seum of Eastern Shore Life at the fair­grounds the rest of the week.

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