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Cyrus McCormick Museum

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Contemplate the History of US Agriculture Here

Here is the place that Cyrus McCormick invented the reaper to harvest grains in what was the... read more

Reviewed April 17, 2018
Norfolk, Virginia
nice quiet side trip

We stopped here on a weekday morning because it looked interesting and was on our way home. There... read more

Reviewed April 3, 2018
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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State Rte. 606, 5 mi north of Lexington, Lexington, VA
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Reviewed April 17, 2018

Here is the place that Cyrus McCormick invented the reaper to harvest grains in what was the "breadbasket of Virginia" at the time.The reaper changed the agricultural history of Virginia and the US. Farmers were able to harvest their grain crop faster and more efficiantly...More

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Reviewed April 3, 2018

We stopped here on a weekday morning because it looked interesting and was on our way home. There was one other family there when we arrived, and they were gone before we were done with our self-guided tour, so it was nice and quiet. It's...More

Thank karrrenbee
Reviewed September 14, 2017

This is where Cyrus Hall McCormick, inventor of the reaper, grew up. The water mill alone is worth seeing.

Thank lucyp34
Reviewed July 11, 2017

Great picnic place. Photogenic. See a model of McCormick's original reaper. Nice place for a picnic near the mill pond.

Thank 565NYMan565
Reviewed July 7, 2017 via mobile

We visited 4th of July when they were closed. But the exhibit and trail were open. The mill and exhibits were very interesting. The hike was easy and pleasant. Saw blue heron and ducks. We had the place to ourselves. It was a great getaway.

Thank runningspots
Reviewed July 2, 2017 via mobile

Nothing fancy here but very interesting info and a nice walking trail. It was a peaceful way to start a Sunday.

Thank Julia B
Reviewed January 16, 2017

There are so many things to see in Lexington, Virginia, and most of them have to do with Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and George C. Marshall, all American military heroes. One famous person who often gets lost in the shuffle is Cyrus McCormick, the...More

5  Thank Taylor B
Reviewed January 5, 2017

A little off the beaten path this pastoral setting is the home of history. History students will know the invention of the reaper played a key role in the history of agriculture. The setting is part of Virginia Tech. Also a nice place for a...More

Thank TundraJayco
Reviewed September 13, 2016

Visit a grist mill built by Cyrus McCormick's grandfather, the McCormick family farm, and the blacksmith shop where Cyrus McCormick developed the mechanized reaper that changed farming practices... all for FREE! It is a self guided tour, with plenty of signage explaining what you are...More

2  Thank DLW-VA
Reviewed July 17, 2016 via mobile

Nicely preserved grist mill and waterwheel. Grounds are well maintained, decent restrooms. Just a brief bit of history about the reaper machine. It was ok but I wouldn't go out of my way to come here.

Thank Terese F
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Sarah D
August 23, 2016|
Response from lucyp34 | Reviewed this property |
Take either Rt. 11 or I-81 to Raphine and follow signs. I don't know the exact address but it's well-marked.
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March 21, 2016|
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Response from dhill1212 | Reviewed this property |
I'm not absolutely sure. I imagine pets, dogs, could be allowed as long as they are on a leash. There are ducks and geese in and around a nearby pond, plus rabbits and squirrels throughout the nature trail following the... More
September 7, 2015|
Response from RoanokerFan | Reviewed this property |
The museum grounds are open seven days a week from 8:00 am to 5 pm, weather permitting.