No horsing around! For those lovers of horse drawn equipment consider a stop to check out horse power at the Horse and Buggy Museum in Biggsville, Illinois. Jerry Wiebel and his wife Mary Lynn (Watson) Weibel started the museum in 2006. “I started playing with horses in 1995,” Jerry shared, “mainly for the grandkids because I wanted to pass on teamster skills my grandfather taught me.”
Before opening the museum that highlights horses and their place in agriculture the Weibels opened up their 100 acre farm and offered living history demonstrations. Today they have moved their horse and buggy collection into a museum and offer a chance to learn all about horse farming and horse power. “The horse era started about 1820 with the early trappers and lasted until about 1920 when the farm tractor was invented. By 1920 there were few horses being used for farm power,” Jerry shared.
The history of how the Midwest was settled is fascinating and Jerry is an expert who provides information to anyone wanting to learn! The Horse & Buggy Museum is located at 210 Main Street in Biggsville, Illinois 61418 and is open March 15 – July 15 and September 15 – November 15 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 am Tuesday- Saturday. To reach the museum, call 309-221-0066