Museum open for county fair
It’s August. That means it’s time for the annual Queen Anne’s County Fair. And that means the Queen Anne’s Museum of Eastern Shore Life will feature its antique steam tractor as the featured artifact for the month of August, as that has become the annual tradition.
The tractor is a 1913 Peerless steam traction engine, powered by steam in a boiler heated by burning wood. The tractor was used for towing farm equipment and implements being used for agricultural purposes in the days before more modern farm tractors were developed.
The antique steam tractor participated in the Tuckahoe Steam & Gas Association’s annual show near Easton in July and is participating in the annual Threshermen’s show near Federalsburg the first weekend in August.
This antique tractor traditionally leads the parade to celebrate the beginning of the Queen Anne’s County Fair each year.
The museum is still seeking old photos of people, places and events in Queen Anne’s County from the 1800’s through the 1960’s and requests that people with such photos allow the museum to make copies of those photos for display in the museum. The original photos would be promptly returned to the owners.
The museum will be open to visitors from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 5, and from 1 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Aug. 9, 10 and 11 during the county fair.
The museum is located at the Queen Anne’s County 4-H Park (county fairgrounds) on state Route 18 at Dulin Clark Road between Centreville and Queenstown.
This antique steam tractor is a 1913 Peerless steam traction engine owned by the Queen Anne’s Museum of Eastern Shore Life. It will be the featured artifact for the month of August and will be on display at the museum at the 4-H Park during the week of the county fair.