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Madrid Site Description Purchase and Fund Rasing Details The Property Chronological History

For a chronological view scroll down to the last picture, starting with the Museum's dedication ceremony, and continue with barn/house improvements since the Museum acquired the Madrid property in 2005.


December 29, 2011

The barn is 30 x 70feet in area. A milking parlor with hay mow above is on one end, and a haymow and stable are on the other. The barn is estimated to be over 100 years old. New concrete sills were installed in the late 90s.


Milk House and Farm House .. July 2011


June 5, 2011


Barn and Farm House -- April 2009


Power and Equipment Museum Dedication Ceremony -- August 11, 2006


More than 250 members and friends gathered at the Goolden - Mann farm on a sunny Sunday, August 13, 2006. The farm was draped with banners and surrounded by antique tractors and engines. Displays were hung inside the barn. Horse-drawn wagons carried people to the site from parking down at the Madrid Community Center. Cookies and lemonade were served under the tent while others signed up new members or accepted donations.

The occasion was favored by a visit by NY Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava, St. Lawrence County Legislator Tedra Cobb, Madrid Town Supervisor William Carkner, and Madrid Town Council Members Tony Cooper, Kevin Finnegan, and David Fisher. Congressman John McHugh was not able to attend but sent a letter of congratulation, recognizing the efforts and dedication of the members. The event was well covered by the media.

Ceremonies began with a welcome by president Ross Goodyear who introduced the distinguished guests. Cobb, Carkner, Fisher, and Cooper gave brief messages of congratulation. Goodyear then thanked Museum members who had sup­ ported the Museum as volunteers at exhibitions or on committees, asking them to stand and be recognized. A special thanks went to Attorney Peter Lekki for facilitating the purchase of the farm and to Mr. Grant Construction for preparing the site for the ceremony.

The generosity of Leon and Carol Goolden was then recognized. Leon Goolden took the opportunity to share his family's history at the farm and to express his pleasure in seeing the farm play a new role in the region's future.

Secretary, Roger Austin, followed with a short speech. After briefly tracing the Museum's path to the farm's purchase, he outlined what the facilities could become. He said that the Museum should explain how changes in society and improvements in life in the North Country were brought about by new inventions and improvements in technology and that these should be displayed together.

The nine Museum trustees were then joined by Howard Hutchinson, 16-year host of Old Fashioned Harvest Days, at the barn door to cut the ribbon. Goodyear then invited everyone to inspect the facilities and displays, thanking everyone for coming. All present felt the occasion was a grand beginning for the Museum's new home.