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Cyrus McCormick's Farm (Walnut Grove)

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Walnut Grove
Early 19th century–present. 128 McCormick's Farm Cir.
  • (Photograph by D Hughes)
  • (Photograph by D Hughes)

Cyrus H. McCormick, inventor of the first practical grain reaper, was born on this farm in 1809. He successfully demonstrated the reaper in a nearby field in 1831 and patented the machine in 1834. The site includes the McCormick house (1822); the log workshop where the first reaper was built, with a replica of the reaper; a log gristmill; and a smokehouse. McCormick's descendants donated the farm to Virginia Tech in 1954, which in 1956 established the Shenandoah Valley Agricultural Research and Extension Center here.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


What's Nearby


Anne Carter Lee, "Cyrus McCormick's Farm (Walnut Grove)", [Raphine, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Virginia vol 2

Buildings of Virginia: Valley, Piedmont, Southside, and Southwest, Anne Carter Lee and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2015, 137-137.

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