Displays depict circa 1900-1940 farming, processing, and daily life in support of the industry. Major exhibits include vineyard farm equipment, very early wine and grape processing machinery, local related history displays, home life depictions, interior barn decor, one room school house setting, village general store, soda shop, barber shop, train station, and memorabilia from various wineries and fruit processors.
Lawton depot early 1900's. Waiting for the train.
The General store was the social hub for all activity in a small town. You could buy just about anything there, get your mail, or make a phone call.
Every town had a soda shop where folks could hang out, listen to music, play games, and cool off with a great malt or cone.
At the towns barber shop most of the world's problems were debated, baseball games critiqued, politicians demeaned, and off color jokes snickered at.
Shown in this photo are 2 items from local wineries of years past including a mural and a corner stone from 2 Paw Paw wineries no longer in operation.
Photos of Mattawan (Burton Collection)