The history of the American Farm Heritage Museum: One man's dream became a reality when a group of men sitting in the coffee shop, most of them being farmers, talked about this dream - building a museum to preserve the farm heritage. Sixty some people; farmers, collectors, and civic leaders, held a meeting to share their ideas with the public in April of 2002. It was agreed that Bond County, being almost in the middle of the state and right along I-70, would be the perfect place. Meetings were conducted, fundraisers were held, and ideas were passed around. The land for the museum was acquired and a name for the museum chosen in 2002.
The American Farm Heritage Museum was going to sit on seventeen acres along Interstate 70 just east of the Route 127 overpass. It would preserve, promote and share the heritage of America's rural life; living, farming, and travel. One very generous family purchased the land and then leased it for ninety nine years to the American Farm Heritage Museum, NFP organization. After a year of planning, the first 30'x60' building went up with a gambrel roof. It was finished just days before the first Heritage Days Show in July 2004.
In the winter of 2005, one of the members found a truck terminal building in St. Louis that the owners would give the museum if we took it down. Several members went to work and got the 200'x80' building moved and put back up. Since that time, other buildings have been added to the show grounds.
The excellent location has brought a lot of attention to the AFH Museum. The hard-working core group of farmers have brought to life a dream that brings thousands of visitors to the area throughout the year with different events.