Take a trip back in time and experience the heritage of Knox County at the Knox County Agricultural Museum. Devoted almost exclusively to farm and home lifestyles of the 1800s and early 1900s, the Museum houses more than 3,000 items, each depicting how our forefathers lived and worked. The Agricultural Museum is believed to be the only one of its kind in Ohio.

Located on the Knox County Fairgrounds, the Museum houses such items as:

  • 1923 Model T school bus
  • Surrey with the fringe on top
  • Horse-drawn hearse with adult and child wooden coffins
  • Conestoga wagon
  • Butchering tools
  • Large butcher block
  • Hollow spring log to hold water
  • 1936 Farmall tractor
  • Dutchman hayloader
  • 1924 J.I. Case threshing machine
  • Corn cutting sulky
  • Cream separators
  • Five-faucet shower removed from a home in Fredericktown
  • Wagon load of small farm tools
  • A do-nothing machine
  • Early laundry washing machines
  • First spin washer-dryer
  • Many types of butter churns
  • Treadle sewing machines
  • Early vacuum cleaners
  • Blacksmith tool
  • Coin-operated door to a restroom from the Curtis Hotel in Mount Vernon
  • Coverlet made in 1847
  • Wood lathe made in Mount Vernon
  • Large sleigh used for hauling on a farm
  • Cider press
  • Farm wagons
  • Several hand-cranked corn shellers
  • Dump wagons, plows
  • Stone gristmill
  • Dollies for moving buildings
  • Directory of all one-room schoolhouses and post offices in Knox County
  • Old pictures and books
  • Pitcher pumps
  • Clover seed hauler (before 1900)
  • Massey-Harris four-wheel drive tractor
  • Hundreds and hundreds of other things too numerous to mention.

Adjacent to the Museum is a log house, a one-room schoolhouse and the Hiawatha Building. The log house was home to the Calvin Lepley family and was originally built on Hazel Dell Road near Gambier in 1881. The Tiger Valley School was a one-room schoolhouse located in eastern Knox County. The Hiawatha Building once served as a house for wild animals and is the last remaining building of the Lake Hiawatha Park.

Visit the Knox County Agricultural Museum during the Knox County Fair or by appointment for groups and experience times past in Knox County. To schedule a tour call (740) 397-1423.