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Cyrus McCormick Museum

State Rte. 606, 5 mi north of Lexington, Lexington, VA
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Ranked #10 of 14 attractions in Lexington
Type: Specialty Museums
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English first
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37 reviews 37 reviews
24 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

Most people do not know this is even located in this area or that it took place here. Located at Steeles Tavern near Lexington. There is a mill, informative signs, a McCormick Reaper and other farm tools and equipment.

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Irthlingborough, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
24 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

Brilliant in two different ways: a great break on a long trip, and a fantastic little museum. Set in beautiful grounds where it is really a delight to stretch one's legs, the museum itself is just the right size to visit in less than an hour. And it is free: what more could one ask for!

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Frederick MD
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

I have passed by his attraction many times and never stopped but am glad I did this time. It is an interesting little piece of American history and best of all it is free. There is a nice little picnic area, restrooms and a short interpretive trail as well as historical exhibits inside restored buildings including a grist mill and... More

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Crossville, Tennessee
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

The Cyrus McCormick Museum is located at his birthplace, just off I-81 in Raphine, VA, near Steele's Tavern. The shock is, it's a free attraction. It is small, but features a grist mill, a brook, a duck pond and an oak tree down on the road which may be over 200 years old. History buffs should not miss this site.

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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15 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

We enjoyed the ducks at the pond. We toured the still operating mill. There is a nice trail to walk around and picnic tables for a nice picnic if you packed your lunch. Definitely worth a stop off the Interstate 81!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

We stopped here en route from Washington to Asheville -- what a pleasant surprise. The grounds are pristine, with a creek, immaculate picnic tables, rest rooms -- and my kids had fun checking out the exhibit. It's FREE, and we were the only people there. Very pleasant way to stretch our legs, have lunch, and learn something.

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5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

This is a beautiful spot and a very interesting museum. It is compact and easily seen in a short amount of time. The history of the grist mill and Mr McCormick's reaper are explained beautifully with pictures, text, and actual equipment. And the grounds are beautiful, and include a creek, picnic tables, and a pond with geese!! A perfect place... More

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Asheville, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

Nice little historical place not far off the freeway. Park like setting with picnic tables which is perfect for a meal or rest stop. However the smell of cow manure was awful. It was so bad our lunch was close to coming back up, and we had to leave to avoid throwing up.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

This is a great piece of American history, well preserved, clean, and the grounds are beautiful, especially in the fall. It is right off of Interstate 81 near gas stations and food. This would be a perfect rest stop for a roadtrip.

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Omaha, Nebraska
17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2012

We were driving through because my son had won a history competition for making a documentary on McCormick. We surprised him with a stop here. It was great to walk the area. Excellent stop for a family picnic and a look back at one of the most revolutionary inventions in agricultural history.

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