by Lisa Tome
After 17 years of working and waiting, the Cecil County Farm Museum members will soon have a new home.
Late last month, CCFM president Ben Haines and vice president Paul Gray inked a deal with Perry Willis, Executive Director for Support Services for Cecil County Public Schools.
The museum will share the site with the new Cecil County School of Technology at the former Basell property, 912 Appleton Road, Elkton.
CCFM has a 99-year deal with the school system and will pay $1 per year. The goal for the farm museum, which was established as a non-profit in 1997, has long been to preserve Cecil's agricultural heritage.
According to Haines, the long term goal is to have the existing barn, silo, and corn crib on the property to serve as a working farm. During the fall and winter, the work on these building will be ongoing. If all goes as planned, the museum will open next spring. The Cecil County Farm Museum will move its artifacts from the current mini-museum at Jerry's Auto, Rising Sun, and from sites where they are stored to the tech school property.
"We need to get a roof over everything and then secure it. We've had stumbling blocks, but they haven't been too far for us to get over," said Haines. "We were less than nine months with this (plan to share with the school system) from egg laid to egg hatched."
He said farm museum volunteers have also worked to groom the grounds to save the school board money.
He said the prospect of having the museum on the horizon has sparked an interest. He said the farm museum has 6-10 new members who have joined. "It lit a fire under people," added Haines.