August 4, 2011 —
HONESDALE, PA — One of the more interesting perennial attractions at the Wayne County Fair, which runs this year from Friday, August 5 through Saturday, August 13, is the J. B. Park Farm Museum. Operated by the Wayne County Historical Society, the museum’s goal is to preserve the history of agriculture in Wayne County. It will provide narrated tours, an old-fashioned Homecoming Day and the presentation of the annual award “People Who Make a Difference in Wayne County Agriculture,” which this year goes to Peter (“Peddler Pete”) Wilken. The award presentation is scheduled for Friday, August 5, at 6:30 pm on the stage outside the Farm Museum (see page 31). The museum will be open every day of the fair from 12 noon to 8 p.m.
The current museum building has been in existence since 1994, after the original building collapsed under heavy snow in 1993. The display “A Day in the Life of a Farm: Wayne County Agriculture: 1870-1930” was assembled in 1996 by Peter Osborne of Historic Resource Services. In 2007 a popular kitchen display was added, highlighting furniture and tools in the farm kitchens of the “good old days.”
The museum was named for Joseph B. Park, a former president of the Wayne County Historical Society, who for years was vocational agriculture supervisor for Wayne and Pike counties.
In addition to the museum, the fair features rides, a monster truck show, 4-H exhibits, musical entertainment and more. See ad on page 16.