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Walnut Grove is the landmark for the mechanical reaper. The top of the Blacksmith Shop has been converted into a museum which houses a model of a mechanical reaper. Cyrus Hall McCormick invented the first successful reaper and founded the harvesting machine industry. In July 1831, at 22 years of age, McCormick first demonstrated his invention publicly. This, the world's first successful mechanical reaper, opened a new era in agriculture, an age of mechanization that changed life on the farm.

Location: Hwy 606, Steeles Tavern Virginia Telephone 540-377-2255

Other History nearby:
(Lexington) 'Stonewall' Jackson House
(Charlottesville) Historic Michie Tavern
(Lexington) Lee Chapel
(Charlottesville) Monticello
(Staunton) Museum of American Frontier Culture
(Charleston) St John's Lutheran Church

08/18 Coming to The Steeles Tavern area
West Virginia Strawberry Festival Buckhannon WV May15-19 The Festival is a unique, traditional celebration to promote the strawberry harvest. Enthusiastic volunteers provide good, family style entertainment that offers exciting educational and cultural events for everyone.
Virginia Pork Festival Emporia VA June12 The Virginia Pork Festival is one of the East Coast's largest food festivals, combines outstanding pork dishes with continuous live music from multiple stages.
Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival Harrisonburg VA June9-16 The Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival is a week-long summer music festival devoted to promoting an appreciation and understanding of the music of Bach and a featured composer, country, era or people.
Appalachian Festival Beckley WV August23-25 The 17th Annual Appalachian Festival is three big days packed with arts, crafts, entertainment, music, food and fun!
Golden Delicious Festival Clay WV August30-September1 The Golden Delicious is the State Fruit of West Virginia. Clay County is the birthplace of the golden delicious. Antique Car Show, Art Auction Baking Contest, 5K Run/Walk, Golf Tournament.