If you like big stuff and you cannot lie, you’re going to LOVE Paquette’s Historical Farmall Museum in Leesburg, FL. Tractors everywhere new and old, but even more than just tractors….
The Dealership is a replica of the International Harvester “Store” built in the 1940’s,1950’s & 1960’s. The typical center red pylon with IH sign, flat roof and window muttons were seen worldwide. The Parts Department is stocked with authentic IH parts, tools and equipment. They restore museum tractors onsite in their shop and there’s always something old or new being taken apart and put back together. There’s always something new to see in the tractor barn and they have a display of toys and peddle tractors along with their newest addition, a Scout peddle car. The US Navy tractor is always a crowd favorite. They even have a couple of “green things” thrown in (just for color ), and we don’t touch “Stew’s Stuff”.
What you might not know is that International made a portion of the approximately 336,000 +, M-1 Garand Rifles. Gen. George S. Patton summed up his feelings about the “U.S. Rifle, Cal. 30.06, M1” with, “The best battle implement ever devised”. Popularly known as the “Garand” after its inventor, Springfield Armory employee John C. Garand, the M1 garnered a well-deserved reputation as the finest general-issue military rifle of World War II. ….The United States was the only nation to arm its military primarily with a semi-automatic service rifle. When World War II ended in 1945, the M1 Garand was firmly entrenched as America’s standard service rifle. IH also made many other household products like refrigerators.
They are open year round, Tuesday thru Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the average visit takes around 2 ½ hrs, but you are welcome to spend the day. Admission is $20/pp and they give discounts for Military and groups and they offer annual and lifetime memberships. You can also rent the Show Barn for Weddings, events, business meetings, holiday and private parties.
Ladies, if you are looking for something to entertain your “boys” for a day, this is it. I promise you will think he is a child again (even more so than normal). You might even have a good time yourself. I certainly did. If you come from farm country, you’re gonna love it.
They also have their Annual Tractor Show coming up, February 13-15, 2020. “For The Love of Cash” featuring Gary West in the Show Barn. The BEST part of all this is that they are located only 21 miles from Sunshine Village Resort. Sounds like a day trip to me!