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Cyrus McCormick Museum

State Rte. 606, 5 mi north of Lexington, Lexington, VA
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Ranked #12 of 13 Attractions in Lexington
Type: Specialty Museums
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Suffolk, Virginia, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

The history was fascinating and the setting picturesque. It's part of VA Techs facility out that way. We spent maybe 30 minutes stretching our legs and the dog's. It has the two buildings, the blacksmith/workshop and the mill. They are unattended but has a recorded presentation you can listen to for information. If you are in the area it is... More

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Sequim, WA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Virginia Tech does a great job in maintaining this museum. The displays are informative. It was an education. This is a great place to bring a picnic. The stream that runs through the property is a magnet for the grand-kids. It truly adds to the atmosphere and sounds of the country.

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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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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
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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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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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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 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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