Friends of the Museum

“The Heritage of New York State Agriculture and Rural Life”

witter1Friends of the Daniel Parrish Witter Agricultural Museum is authorized by its mission statement to provide assistance in numerous ways in the operation of the Witter Agricultural Museum. The Museum is open during the New York State Fair each year for a twelve day run that begins on a Thursday and concludes on Labor Day with an attendance of nearly a million visitors. Location and potential visitor factors combine to provide a unique operational setting for the museum that is rarely found. The museum offers a wide variety of collections depicting New York State’s rich agricultural heritage that includes, numerous tools, farm equipment and several interesting demonstrations together with craft exhibits. A log cabin within the museum draws special attention by visitors. A nearby carriage museum adds an important aspect illustrating travel in days past.

“Friends” (volunteer members) assist in providing visitors with an understanding of the workings of harvest tools and equipment used in former years and additional details relating to special exhibits. In addition,witter3 the volunteers assist when the Museum is opened for educational participation by students from area schools each spring and fall.

A memorial room includes special exhibits that portray historic agricultural facts and information funded by grants and donations as a result of the efforts of the “Friends” organization.