Museum to feature antique steam tractor
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.
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.