As an avid antique collector and history enthusiast, Papa Steve Heringer has acquired several pieces of agricultural equipment that tell the story and progress of the 19th and 20th century California farmer.
These pieces are on display as the Heringer Heritage Collection at Heringer Estates.
Learn more about our 150 year old agricultural equipment collection on a self-guided tour with Papa Steve Heringer.
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The Farmall F12 tractor was one of the first rubber wheeled tractors used in the history of California agriculture. Learn more about why Papa Steve Heringer is proud to have this tractor as a part of his Heringer Heritage Collection at Heringer Estates.
A prime example of a farm implement that transitioned farming from high labor to more mechanical processes. This particular example is on wheels to be moved around the farm easily and had multiple tools attached to a belt driven engine.
This 1915 John Bean Spray Rig is powered by a small engine and was an integral tool for pest management in the old fruit tree orchards of California. This particular piece was curated from Santa Clara, California, where the dominant industry used to be fruit tree farming.
The plow was a well known tool of the farmer for several hundred years, this Six Bottom Plow was substantially bigger than most and was most likely tractor driven. Possibly dating back to the 1940s this plow is a wonderful example of how farm tools adapted with material shortages during WWII.
The John Deere “Honey” Wagon was in actuality a horse driven manure spreader that farmers would use to spread fertilizer over their soils. Spreading manure was not everyone’s favorite job, but calling it a “Honey” Wagon lightened the load a bit.
The disc cultivator was one of the early innovations that made it much easier for a farmer to farm more ground. This tool was horse driven, where the farmer could sit behind his horses as the discs softened up the ground and broke up and dirt clogs.
The wine press and grape crusher have been key pieces of equipment in winemaking for centuries. Papa Steve shares more about how these pieces of equipment were used in the homes and commercial businesses of 150 years ago with some of the curated pieces at Heringer Estates.
The horse drawn planter was a major improvement for farmers in the late 1800s and saved them from hours of back breaking labor. The two row Planter could have been used for a variety of row crops including corn or beans. This particular piece of equipment can be dated back to 1890 to 1920.
The Wine Barrel Wagon is a freight wagon carrying a large wine cask that would have been used by early winemakers in Napa and Sonoma. Winemakers used these large casks for aging wine. This wine cask was curated from the cellar of the Louis Martini Winery in St. Helena. Now it is mounted at the entrance of Heringer Estates.
The Dump Rake was a huge labor saving invention in our agricultural history. This tool would be used in alfalfa or forage grass fields to rake cut hay into a windrow before being baled.
This International Harvester mower is a great example of early mechanization in our agricultural history. Farmers in the late 1800’s to early 1900’s would use this horse drawn mower to cut their alfalfa and forage grasses.
The TD-40 Tractor, created by International Harvester, was a useful tractor for farmers around the turn of the century. This example was purchased by the Heringer family in 1937 to work the silty soils of the California Delta.
The California farmer of the turn of the century often had to forge his own tools or at least know a little about black smithing for repairs on equipment at the farm. This piece of equipment is an example of a small Blacksmith shop that may be used on a typical family farm. It would forge horseshoes, tools, and more to keep the farm working.
The Tumblebug Scraper is a horse drawn dirt mover similar to a Fresno Scraper, used by farmers at the turn of the century. Dirt movers like this one, were instrumental in building the levees in the Sacramento River Delta.
Horse Drawn Seeder Wagons made planting fields or spreading fertilizer easier and faster for the California farmer. This particular seeder wagon was a part of the Heringer family farming operation of the 1890s and now is a prominent piece of interest on the family estate.
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