Here’s a great road trip destination: the Farmall Acres Museum in West Michigan. As we turn the corner to peak fall color here in Michigan, take a color tour over to Ionia County and check this place out!
I visited the museum not too long ago. It’s owned by my friend Harold Metternic, who I met through the Michigan IH club. What makes Harold’s museum particularly interesting is the focus on implements and farm tools. Here are some pictures from the collection:
I have a fondness for IH refrigerators and freezers (we have one of each at my home, still in everyday working condition!). This lineup is especially impressive.
Of course, no Farmall museum would be complete without a row of antique tractors. These are all expertly restored (just like everything else in the museum – I don’t recall seeing a single item that wasn’t in perfect working order).
There’s a great collection of parts books and literature. My sister (an amateur IH historian) was especially impressed by these.
Check out this IH Dehumidifier! It’s the first I’ve seen. The museum also has an IH window-unit air conditioner.
While this museum is very focused on IH, one table is set aside for John Deere enthusiasts too.
Hours are by appointment only. Harold and his wife Ruth are excellent hosts – give them a ring at 616-868-6639. They’d love to see you!
If you can’t make it to the museum yourself, a video is the next best thing. A local TV news crew visited Harold to report on the museum last year – check out their story here.