The Annex has a grindstone on display. I don’t quite understand why it is called a grindstone as it sharpens not grinds. There are “stones” that grind (grain into meal) but this kind sharpens the blade of a sickles or a scythe or some other tool with a blade.. Our grindstone is manually operated with a crank. There are models that have pedals. Notice the can above the grindstone. It drips water so that the stone does not become too hot.
A sickle uses one hand to cut the grain while a scythe requires the use of two hands.
When visiting the Grayslake History Museum, ask to see the Annex so you can view the grindstone. There is a scythe on display in the second floor permanent gallery.