GUILFORD — A four-horse reaper. An antique ice saw. A book published in 1918 titled “Personal Help for the Married.”
Whether you’re a Luddite, an American history buff, or a weekend antiquer, those examples of vintage items will be available for purchase at the Antique Farm Equipment Show on Saturday, Aug. 17 beginning at 9:30 a.m.
The event, which is being hosted by the Dudley Foundation, will be on the grounds of the Dudley Farm Museum, the late 19th-century agricultural museum located on the northeast corner of Routes 77 and 80 in North Guilford.
The show will also include antique farm and machinery-related equipment selected from the Dudley Farm collections for sale, and display items from members of the Connecticut Antique Machinery Association, as well as 19th-century books selected from the Dudley Farm Museum’s collection.
There is no charge to look, exhibit, or tell yarns.
Proceeds from the sale are earmarked for the restoration of the late-19th century sawmill on the museum grounds that was recently donated to the Dudley Farm museum.
“We want to get the sawmill up and running so it actually saws lumber, and we hope people will come out, see, enjoy, and donate,” said Guilford’s Craig Reynolds, who’s among those at the forefront of the effort.
“It’s history and it’s a way to keep history alive.”
The Antique Farm Equipment Show is on Saturday, Aug. 17 beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Dudley Farm, 2351 Durham Road, Guilford.
The Dudley Farm museum is open Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 203-457-0770 or visit https://dudleyfarm.com/
Exhibitors are welcome to show their rusty or restored antique machinery. Those interested should call Craig Reynolds at 203-707-4250.