Tennessee Agricultural Museum

Tennessee Agricultural Museum The Tennessee Agricultural Museum at Ellington Agricultural Center in Nashville features artifacts from the pioneering days of Tennessee farms.
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Although it's a chilly morning, our volunteers are making the most of the sunshine! Today, they're tilling Black Kow int...
03/07/2020

Although it's a chilly morning, our volunteers are making the most of the sunshine! Today, they're tilling Black Kow into our garden and prepping for spring cleaning by tidying up our trellis.
If you're interested in helping out around the museum, please don't hesitate to reach out. We're always grateful for volunteers!

03/05/2020

The museum will be closed today, March 5 and tomorrow, March 6. We apologize for the inconvenience.

03/04/2020

The museum is back to regular hours, 9-4.

Our hearts go out to the those impacted by tornados in Nashville and the surrounding area. There are many ways to help these communities including volunteering time with Hands on Nashville or donating even the smallest amount of money to the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

03/03/2020

The museum will be closed today after last night’s storms in Nashville. We are sending our love to those who lost family, homes, and those recovering today.

It's #LeapDay! Did you know that without leap years, we'd end up like this rooster: confused and out of place. "Put simp...
02/29/2020

It's #LeapDay! Did you know that without leap years, we'd end up like this rooster: confused and out of place. "Put simply, these additional 24 hours are built into the calendar to ensure that it stays in line with the Earth’s movement around the Sun. While the modern calendar contains 365 days, the actual time it takes for Earth to orbit its star is slightly longer—roughly 365.2421 days. The difference might seem negligible, but over decades and centuries that missing quarter of a day per year can add up." To learn more about leap day and some of the fun people have with it, click here: https://www.history.com/news/why-do-we-have-leap-year

Don’t let the construction fool you! We are open regular hours 9-4. Might be a perfect day to stop by if your kids want ...
02/27/2020

Don’t let the construction fool you! We are open regular hours 9-4.

Might be a perfect day to stop by if your kids want to see some construction equipment in action. 👷‍♂️

#museum #facelift #construction

If the nonstop rain and clouds are getting to you, consider signing up for an event that will get you out of your routin...
02/24/2020

If the nonstop rain and clouds are getting to you, consider signing up for an event that will get you out of your routine and teach you a skill! Message us to sign up for our March Heritage Craft Class, which will teach you how to crochet. You will make a shamrock bookmark from start to finish!

Tennessee Agricultural Museum's cover photo
02/21/2020

Tennessee Agricultural Museum's cover photo

This past summer, our Museum Director, Elaura, visited Homeplace 1850s Working Farm to learn more about how they interpr...
02/19/2020

This past summer, our Museum Director, Elaura, visited Homeplace 1850s Working Farm to learn more about how they interpret agricultural history. Today, staff members from their site took time to come see us! We had a great time discussing a variety of topics from heritage crafts and wood-burning stoves, to how our sites strive to best serve our audiences. If you haven't visited them yet, they open for the season on March 1, 2020 and they are sure to give you an immersive learning experience about life in early Tennessee.

Our next #BlackHistoryMonth post is about another Tennessee Century Farms Program site in West Tennessee.Born into slave...
02/18/2020

Our next #BlackHistoryMonth post is about another Tennessee Century Farms Program site in West Tennessee.

Born into slavery but emancipated at 9, Crawford Robertson moved to Tennessee with his mother and sister after the Civil War. He bought land in Hardeman County in 1888 at the age of 32.The Robertsons cultivated a variety of crops including cotton, corn, sorghum, and hay. They also planted vegetable gardens and fruit orchards; they raised hogs, chickens, mules, horses, and cows. Today, the farm focuses primarily on corn and cotton.

Crawford Robertson held education in high esteem and helped establish The Allen White School, a Rosenwald School, in 1918. During the Jim Crow Era these schools provided educational opportunities for rural African American children. Robertson worked as treasurer for the school, which was the first brick Rosenwald School in the state due to the enormous fundraising efforts that enabled its construction. His name is listed on the cornerstone of the building. The Allen White School became one of the most successful in Tennessee and attracted students from surrounding states. The building was destroyed by arson in 2012.

Three generations have lived on the Robertson Family Farm, and Crawford Robertson's descendants are working to rebuild the Allen White School into a community center. Their family story is one that unites hard work, community, perseverance, and the importance of education. http://allenwhitecenter.org/

'Hogs' and kisses! Happy Valentine's Day!We are excited to get animals-- like these snuggly piglets-- back for our Histo...
02/14/2020

'Hogs' and kisses! Happy Valentine's Day!

We are excited to get animals-- like these snuggly piglets-- back for our Historic Rural Life Festival on May 7 and 8!

Today we have another Tennessee Century Farms Program to share! Freed slaves Tapp and Amy Craig established the Craig Fa...
02/11/2020

Today we have another Tennessee Century Farms Program to share! Freed slaves Tapp and Amy Craig established the Craig Family Farm in Perry County in 1871 when they purchased 110 acres. Through the generations, the family farmed peanuts and harvested timber from the land .

Their grandson, McDonald, worked the family farm and fought on the Pacific Front in WWII. Upon returning home, he continued fighting for freedom by purchasing a Chevrolet school bus to drive African American students to the segregated school in Henderson County from 1954-1965 on top of his daily farm labor .

This Century Farm in Perry County is a powerful reminder of connections between agricultural and US history. The enslaved, like Tapp and Amy, were farm laborers. African American men like McDonald Craig fought heroically in WWII, leaving farms in the hands of other family members. Many WWII veterans-- like McDonald driving kids so they had access to education in rural counties-- contributed to the Civil Rights Movement. Stories like the Craig’s trace how individual families are impacted by the culture and politics of the world around them, and how each of us can work to help others during times of conflict.

Photo Courtesy of the National Register of Historic Places.

#BlackHistoryMonth #agriculture #CivilRights #Tennessee #familyfarm #education #WWII

The Ellington Agricultural Center is showing off in this winter weather ❄️ Formerly Brentwood Hall, this building should...
02/07/2020

The Ellington Agricultural Center is showing off in this winter weather ❄️ Formerly Brentwood Hall, this building should look familiar. Financier Rogers Caldwell built this mansion in 1927 and modeled it after his hero’s home: @7thpresident Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage. @ Ellington Agricultural Center

DM us, call 615-837-5197, or email at Tennessee.Agricltural.Museum@tn.gov to reserve your spot in our March Heritage Cra...
02/06/2020

DM us, call 615-837-5197, or email at [email protected] to reserve your spot in our March Heritage Craft Class! We will be making a shamrock bookmark.

All skill levels welcome.
$30 covers cost of all supplies.
Class is from 1-4 on Saturday, March 7, so feel free to bring a water and a light snack.
Space is limited!

Each Tuesday this February, we will highlight stories about African American farmers to mark Black History Month. Discus...
02/04/2020
Matt Gardner Homestead Museum, Elkton, TN - Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Each Tuesday this February, we will highlight stories about African American farmers to mark Black History Month. Discussing the difficult history of race and agriculture in Tennessee allows us to learn from the past and celebrate the resilient farmers who challenged and overcame discrimination.

Today, we are sharing a link to a Tennessee Century Farms Program site, the Matt Gardner Homestead Museum. Click this link to learn more about Matt Gardner http://www.mattgardnerhomestead.org/history.html, and see more photos like the one posted here.

Gardner was born into slavery but worked as a farmer and a preacher after emancipation. He eventually owned 300 acres of prime farmland on the banks of the Elk River. At his funeral in 1940, over 1,000 people attended, a testament to his reputation as a man who would help those in need regardless of race. Explore their website and plan a visit to learn more about the rural African American experience in rural Tennessee .

Come visit the Matt Gardner Homestead Museum in Elkton, TN.

Today is a big planning day for our Historic Rural Life Festival! This year, it will be Thursday, May 7, 2020 and Friday...
01/31/2020

Today is a big planning day for our Historic Rural Life Festival! This year, it will be Thursday, May 7, 2020 and Friday, May 8, 2020 from 9 to noon. This is an annual event where demonstrators showcase historic crafts and children can pet and learn about farm animals. Students will better understand Tennessee's rural heritage and how settlers lived.

Fees are $3 per student and $3 per chaperone. Teachers and school staff attend free! Reservations for groups over 20 are required, so contact us at Tennessee.agricultural.museum (or DM us) to save your space and get your questions answered!
Fees are $3 per student and $3 per chaperone. Teachers and school staff attend free! Reservations for groups over 20 are erquired, so contact us at Tennessee.agricultural.museum (or DM us) to save your space and get your questions answered!
We would love to see our neighbors there!
Crieve Hall Elementary The Oak Hill School Franklin Road Academy The Covenant School Norman Binkley Elementary Granbery Elementary

Our swagger in the museum knowing we got over 100 followers to our Instagram within the first 30 days! Can you help us g...
01/30/2020

Our swagger in the museum knowing we got over 100 followers to our Instagram within the first 30 days! Can you help us get 100 more in the next month? Follow us @tennessee.agricultural.museum

This painting, located in our equine exhibit, depicts a five gaited American Saddle Breed gelding🐴 Titled, “All in Fun,” the oil on fiberboard painting was finished around 1960 and recently donated to the museum.

#agriculture #smallmuseum #equine #farmlife #history #horses #oilpaint

01/17/2020
2020 TDA Division of Forestry Trimming Cedar Tree

"New Year, New Me" -- our cedar tree, probably.

No, we are NOT cutting down the cedar tree. The Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Division of Forestry is helping us out by trimming back some of the tree branches growing against the Safley Schoolhouse. This is an important part of historic preservation because wet branches and sap can wreak havoc on buildings, especially old log cabins!

Feeling creative? Wanting to meet great people in your community? Join us for a lunchtime Heritage Craft Class on Wednes...
01/17/2020

Feeling creative? Wanting to meet great people in your community? Join us for a lunchtime Heritage Craft Class on Wednesday January 22 from 12-1! Reservations are required, so DM, call, or email us to reserve your space. All levels of craftiness welcome!

615-837-5197
[email protected]

We’re “udderly” excited about #museumselfieday2020! Our zinc Holstein-Friesian statues are the museum’s unofficial welco...
01/15/2020

We’re “udderly” excited about #museumselfieday2020!

Our zinc Holstein-Friesian statues are the museum’s unofficial welcoming committee, located at our main entrance! Created in 1922, artists made these as the perfect standard for the breed, which in our opinion makes them ideal models on Museum Selfie Day! Come out to the museum to get your own selfie!

Happy #NationalDressUpYourPetDay! You may be wondering why a city slicker dog like King here would be involved with the ...
01/14/2020

Happy #NationalDressUpYourPetDay! You may be wondering why a city slicker dog like King here would be involved with the TN Agricultural Museum. The reality is, even if we don’t live near farms or aren’t farmers, we all have a strong relationship with agriculture. From lumber used to build our homes, fabric in our clothes and on our furniture, food we eat, juice we drink, pencils we use, and paper in our books comes from farmers. We challenge you to share a post reminding your FB friends about their ag connection!

Did you know that football and agriculture are directly connected? We aren't just talking about the 1.35 BILLION chicken...
01/13/2020
Agriculture & Football: The Legacy from the Beginning to Now

Did you know that football and agriculture are directly connected? We aren't just talking about the 1.35 BILLION chicken wings Americans eat on Super Bowl Sunday.

This blog post shares great trivia you can show off at your College Football Championship watch party tonight, when watching the Titans on Saturday, or when you watch the Super Bowl. From the turf, to the ball, to uniforms and more, agriculture has played a huge role in the sport's history! https://farmfitliving.com/agriculture-football/

Did this miss any connections? Share below in the comments!

#ThankAFarmer #GoTitans #Footbal #Agriculture

Agriculture made the game of football. A lot has changed since then, but agriculture still has ties to the big game day in more ways than one. Here's 4 Ways

National Ag Day's essay contest this is themed, "Food Brings Everyone to the Table." Let any high schoolers you may know...
01/09/2020

National Ag Day's essay contest this is themed, "Food Brings Everyone to the Table." Let any high schoolers you may know that the deadline to submit is January 31!

The deadline for the Ag Day Essay Contest is January 31.
High School students are invited to participate.
https://www.agday.org/essay-contest

Tennessee Agricultural Museum's cover photo
01/06/2020

Tennessee Agricultural Museum's cover photo

Did you make a resolution to spend more time with family? Save money? Spend more time outdoors? Exercise? Eat healthier?...
01/04/2020

Did you make a resolution to spend more time with family? Save money? Spend more time outdoors? Exercise? Eat healthier? Meet new people? Learn something new? All the above?! Between our free admission, rugged trails, recipe cards from Pick TN Products, and Heritage Craft classes, the Tennessee Agricultural Museum has you covered. Stop in Monday-Friday 9-4 to check us out!

Just a reminder to those of us who think we need motivation in returning to work from the holidays that a farmer's work ...
01/02/2020

Just a reminder to those of us who think we need motivation in returning to work from the holidays that a farmer's work is never done, and even holidays require full effort! #ThankAFarmer

Picture is from November 2018

We hope you all had a safe and happy New Years celebration. Since we are entering a new year, and decade, we decided to ...
01/01/2020

We hope you all had a safe and happy New Years celebration. Since we are entering a new year, and decade, we decided to catch up with the modern times! Follow us @Tennessee.Agricultural.Museum on #Instagram! We will continue using our #Facebook, but we are adding this social media outlet to provide you with even more info about our collection and TN Ag #history.

Time to get your brains working this Monday morning! Who knows what this tool is? Test your ag knowledge in the comments...
12/30/2019

Time to get your brains working this Monday morning! Who knows what this tool is? Test your ag knowledge in the comments below!

We'll let you know at the end of the day. We get more questions about this tool than just about any other in the museum.

Did you miss one of our Heritage Craft Classes this year? Well have no fear, because we have an at-home craft for you to...
12/19/2019
Homemade Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments (Fun & Easy Holiday Craft for Kids!)

Did you miss one of our Heritage Craft Classes this year? Well have no fear, because we have an at-home craft for you to try!

Cinnamon Applesauce Christmas tree ornaments have been made in the US for generations. Click the link to learn how to make these inexpensive vintage decorations for your tree! This simple recipe is fun and inexpensive, not to mention your house will smell amazing when you're done. https://bit.ly/2Q4szfA

If you're looking for a fun and easy craft to do with the kiddos for the holidays, try these creative and frugal homemade ornaments using just applesauce and cinnamon for the dough.

Our holiday hours: we will be closed December 24, 25, 31, and January 1!
12/16/2019

Our holiday hours: we will be closed December 24, 25, 31, and January 1!

Early Tennesseans used these large tools for building log cabins, barns, and clearing farmland, and small saws would hav...
12/15/2019

Early Tennesseans used these large tools for building log cabins, barns, and clearing farmland, and small saws would have helped cut down Christmas trees! Today, if you choose to cut your own tree, you'll often be given a small band, which is significantly easier to handle.

BTW, if the holidays are sneaking up on you, and you still need a tree, check our Pick TN Products for their list of local Christmas tree businesses https://www.picktnproducts.org/find-products/fun-education/christmas-trees.html

12/13/2019

We have another holiday poll! Will you decorate a real tree or artificial tree this holiday season? 🎄🎄

Evergreen trees originally began popping up in people's homes to celebrate the winter solstice and the return of spring, but the association with decorating trees for Christmas began in 1500s Germany. Though the Christmas tree spread, many early Americans did not have major celebrations for the holiday, especially in the Northeast. It wasn't until Queen Victoria and Prince Albert decorated a Christmas tree in 1845 that the trend caught on in the UK and USA.

Happy #NationalPoinsettiaDay! Did you know that nurseries are a significant part of the state's agricultural production?...
12/12/2019

Happy #NationalPoinsettiaDay! Did you know that nurseries are a significant part of the state's agricultural production? In addition, many of these are 'rooted' in the family farm, and remain so today. Pictured is a sea of poinsettias at South Central Growers, Inc. in Springfield.

In addition to providing a pop of color around the holidays, poinsettias are the December birth flower and symbolize good cheer and celebration!

Some highlights from the first half of our Open House. We’ll be here until 2!
12/05/2019

Some highlights from the first half of our Open House. We’ll be here until 2!

More vendors! State ephemera, vintage cookbooks, and coppersmith goods!
12/05/2019

More vendors! State ephemera, vintage cookbooks, and coppersmith goods!

Free cookies have everyone feeling the holiday cheer!
12/05/2019

Free cookies have everyone feeling the holiday cheer!

Baskets, and baked goods, and honey, OH MY! We are ready for you to stop in! The event is free and open to the public, b...
12/05/2019

Baskets, and baked goods, and honey, OH MY! We are ready for you to stop in! The event is free and open to the public, but you may want to bring some money to purchase local goods from our vendors, some of whom are pictured here.

The decorations are up, cookies and cider are out, and we can’t wait to see you from 10-2 for our Holiday Open house!
12/05/2019

The decorations are up, cookies and cider are out, and we can’t wait to see you from 10-2 for our Holiday Open house!

Image courtesy of Tennessee State Library and Archives
12/04/2019

Image courtesy of Tennessee State Library and Archives

12/03/2019

Today we have the Perennial Plant Society of Middle Tennessee, board members, and museum staff all busy as bees decorating for our Holiday Open House on December 5 from 10-2. You can see the progress on Facebook, but you have to stop in to see the stunning finished decor!

In addition to vendors selling homemade jams, jellies and breads; local honey; corn meal; hand woven baskets; and more, the museum will give you a car coaster for just a $1 donation!

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404 Hogan Rd
Nashville, TN
37220

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 16:00
Thursday 09:00 - 16:00
Friday 09:00 - 16:00

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(615) 837-5197

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Elaura Guttormson
All out of one barn in Tennessee 1905 tell 2005 parts go back to 1890s will be at Nashville Airport , Sept.4 2017 --Nov.26, 2017
You don't want to miss this Saturday at the Ag Museum!
Ag Club will be meeting at the Holeman Building this week. Wednesday at noon!
Just wondering if your event today will be canceled due to rain?