Kent County, Md., remembering ‘Way We Worked’

Managing Editor

CHESTERTOWN, Md. (April 25, 2017) — For the last month and continuing through Memorial Day, the showroom at the Atlantic Tractor Chestertown location has the contrast of new tools it sells and old tools and equipment that were used in the first half of the 20th Century.
It’s in cooperation with Kent County’s Sumner Hall and Washington College’s C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience hosting the Smithsonian’s traveling exhibit, “The Way We Worked,” which runs through May 20 at Sumner Hall in Chestertown.
Following its stay in Kent County, The Way We Worked exhibit moves to the Carroll County Farm Museum in Westminster from May 26 to July 14.
When Sumner Hall was awarded the exhibit’s stop, it worked with local businesses and organizations in the county offer their own work-themed programs and exhibits during the same seven-week period. More than a dozen responded, including Atlantic Tractor.
“I thought it was a pretty neat thing so I gathered up some farming pieces from around the turn of the century and put them on display at the store,” said location manager Peter Brice. “Agriculture is one of the mainstays of Kent County and our history. We’re deep rooted in agriculture.”
Most of the items came from Brice’s farm, which goes back seven generations.
“It’s stuff my family used. Everyone was too nostalgic to throw it away I guess,” he said.
Items now on display include a two-row corn planter, horse drawn buggy, single bottom plow, a hay fork and trolly system used for loading loose hay in a barn, a hand crank butter churn and four-animal yoke for doing fieldwork.
On display since March 31, Brice said the items have gotten plenty of attention.
“A lot of people stop and look,” he said. “It’s amazing how many older farmers can remember using some of the old pieces.”
For the non-farmers and younger people who come in, the store developed a slide show with information about the pieces in the store they can learn from.