Largest Agriculture Exhibit in Indiana!
Enjoy the largest agricultural exhibit in Indiana as you stroll through the various changes in farming methods that have helped define the industry from the 1800s to the present day.
Upon discovering the abundant thick forests of the area, the first settlers quickly realized they would need to clear and cultivate the land in order to survive. The trees were used to build the first homes in the county as well as outbuildings and fences. The wood also supplied them with plenty warmth in the winter time.
Without modern day technology, clearing the land and raising crops took quite a bit of time and effort, much more strenuous than today’s farmers have to endure. Dubois County recorded 69,155 acres of farm land in the 1870 Census. In 1997, 148,000 acres of land were being used for farming purposes, about twice as much as in 1870.
Primary crops that have been cultivated over the years within Dubois County include corn, grains, soybeans, strawberries, and tomatoes.
To learn more about how the farmers plowed the land and cultivated the crops over the years and to get a first-hand look at the variety of farm equipment used, visit the Dubois County Museum.
Watch this video to hear the first-hand experience of working on a threshing ring.