The Peninsula Tractor Organization (PTO) would like to take this opportunity to thank our members, volunteers, contributors and the community for their support as we look back at this past year and look forward with anticipation to 2019.
To begin, 2018 was another busy and very productive year for our organization. PTO members participated in 19 demonstrations and parades throughout the year beginning with the Annual Heritage Celebration held at the Eastern Shore Community in February and ending with the Grand Opening of the Northampton Farm Store in Cheriton, VA in December. These events provide an opportunity to educate the community about our area’s rural heritage.
Plow Days Are Always a Favorite
This year PTO members added another plow day to the calendar. Joining the annual Savage Farm Plow Day was a plow day at Shockley Farms market in Cape Charles, VA. Visitors to these events were able to see antique farm machinery being used as members plowed land readying it for planting.
Demonstration plots were planted again this year in the Birdsnest, VA area and another in the Exmore, VA area. Without the support from our members, volunteers, agricultural vendors and area farmers, the planting and harvesting of these plots would not be possible. Thank you to all who helped make these plots a success again this year.
Unfortunately, this year was not without its sorrow as well. This year our organization said goodbye as three Lifetime Members passed away. Fred A. Camden, Harry Lovell and O.W. Mears will be remembered for their contributions to our organization and to the community as we mourn the passing of the wealth of knowledge that these gentlemen possessed.
Membership has steadily increased also with over 100 members on the roster residing not only in Virginia, but in Maryland and Delaware as well. Thank you for supporting PTO with your membership.
The Sawmill Comes Back To Life
One of the most exciting projects that the Peninsula Tractor Organization started this year is the restoration of the Nassawadox Sawmill. Once restored, this facility will offer a home to our organization, allow expansion of educational programs and will house an agricultural museum celebrating the Eastern Shore’s farming heritage.
A Family Dinner, Oyster Roast, Spring Tractor Ride and a Family Cookout at the Sawmill rounded out another busy and eventful year. These events allow our members and their families to gather together and share their interest in preserving the area’s farm history.
Finally, the Peninsula Tractor Organization would like to thank the community for their support throughout the past year and look forward to the exciting prospects for 2019. From our families to yours, we wish a safe, healthy and Happy New Year to all!