Today I visited the Furford Cranberry Museum in Grayland which showcases the history of the community and cranberry farming in the area. There are displays of what life was like in the 1920's,30's and 40's. The museum is located on Hwy 105, open every day and donation accepted in lieu of admission.
|Tools of the Day|
|Amocat Display..note backward spelling|
|Technology of the Day|
|Display on WWII|
The showpiece is the Furford Picker/Planter invented by Julius Furford who passed away in 1999 at age 91. This is the machine that picks the berries while pruning the vines at the same time and is still used today.
|Furford Picker & Planter|
|Wet & Dry Harvest of Cranberries|
In 2010 Aberdeen residents Chuck and Gwen Tjernberg purchased the property and Mr Tjenberg produced parts for the machines and as of today has built 22 new machines. His wife, Gwen, took on the Museum project collecting many items depicting life in the early years as well as a display on the Finnish community, logging and fishing.
|Finnish Article History|
|Finnish Families in Area|
This is a definite stop if in the area. Gwen gives a very good tour.