Welcome To The St. Lawrence Power and Equipment Museum

Welcome to the St. Lawrence Power & Equipment Museum. Our mission is to celebrate the history of the people in the North Country in the region of the St. Lawrence River, how they lived, and how technology helped shape their lives. The exhibits and programs provided by the Museum focus largely on the 19th and first half of the 20th centuries. The Museum includes nearly 30 buildings and supporting facilities on a 15-acre campus. Exhibits and demonstrations provide opportunity for members and visitors to learn about past generations and how their tools were used and operated. We hope to provide an exciting environment that will stimulate young minds, promote involvement in history and technology, and encourage recollection and reflection among older members of the community.

Programs in 2020 suffered cancellations of several events due to COVID restrictions. However, the year finished on a promising note. The new Civil War Center with Ft. Tribute as its centerpiece was dedicated in early September, the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce held its annual Crafts, Food and Wine festival a few weeks later, and open houses were restarted. Activities were made possible by a healthy North Country community which followed rules for gatherings. Masks were worn, personal separation maintained, hands washed, and temperatures taken.

The Museum is a 501(c)(3) education corporation provisionally chartered by the Regents of the University of the State of New York. It is operated by an all-volunteer organization. Even with its remarkable volunteers, more will be needed this year. Anyone with an interest in history, preservation of the region’s past, and having great fun will be welcome.

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Lisbon Church Moving to Power & Equipment Museum

The trustees of the historic Nevin Memorial Church in Lisbon have donated their church building to the St. Lawrence Power & Equipment Museum. Preparations are underway to disassemble and move the building to the Museum where it will be reconstructed and restored. The building was built 1855 and closed its doors in 2019. The church

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Exhibit: The Blacksmith Shop

The North Country has many excellent blacksmiths, and James Tiernan and Reg Chester have been talking with several. A Blacksmith Shop has long been on the list of facilities needed at the Museum. Envisioned is a 20 X 20 foot post and beam building, built in the style of the shops seen 50 to 100

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Small Engines

Our museum has a number of small engines which have been donated or acquired/purchased. We will soon have a complete listing of these available along with photos and information.

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Exhibit: Excavator

Donated by Bill Bartlett and Pete Green in 2016: Bay City excavator power shovel. That’s Bill in the photos. Bill replaced the original engine with one from a McCormick Deering 10-20. He hopes to have the machine operable in the future. The machine was primarily used for digging ditches for water and drain pipes.

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Exhibit: Farquhar Steam Engine

A. B. Farquhar Steam Engine This portable steam engine was built in 1922 and is rated at forty horsepower. According to Engineer Gary Hargrave, the original working/running pressure was 125 pounds. It was later lowered to 50 LBS as a “Hobby Boiler” for safety reasons by The New York State Boiler inspector around the Mid

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Exhibit: Log Splitter

Mary Jane Watson, brother Ronnie Watson and Bernard Buckley donated a wood splitter with engine last fall (2017) in memory of Gordon Watson. The wood splitter was used many years to split logs to make firewood at camps around Colton and South Colton. The machine out-produced other means available in the area. It was also

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Exhibit: Lane Sawmill

LANE SAWMILL — 1920 Mill information from the 1997 newsletters as reported by Paul Shirley. February 1997 I called Ross Goodyear after the meeting. His mill is not available to us this year. I feel that a sawmill is a great attraction to our show, so with permission from various club members, I started looking for

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