It's A Monarch Fence Machine!
OK it's hard to make out, we'll admit - but that's the whole point of our Fundraising Campaign. When we're done, all the artifacts will be arranged and organized in such a way that the artifacts can be discussion with context, so their stories are both educational and entertaining! There's so much history in the Pole Barn and we are committed to telling their histories.
This 1886 Monarch Fence Machine was designed by Mr. Micajah C. Henley. Mr. Henley claims that his fence machine made the handsomest, best, strongest and most durable wire and picket fences available. The machine is lightweight, and simple enough for a boy to operate. It was also affordable for the average farmer. The machine could be used to build a picket fence around lawns, gardens and front lots and could make a more substantial fence for farm and stock ranches. Mr. Henley also designed and manufactured roller skates and bicycles. He is credited with selling his neighbor, Wilbur Wright, his first bicycle.
We'll be researching further this history behind this artifact in the Pole Barn! Stay tuned and if you want to help us with the research, support us through a donation!
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