Stewart, owner of Paquette’s Historical Farmall Tractor Museum in Leesburg, announced Tuesday that the museum will conduct a bus tour Sunday, Oct. 22, to Miami to visit both the Deering Estate and Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. Charles Deering, International Harvester’s first chairman, established his winter home at the Deering Estate in 1913, and his half-brother James Deering’s winter residence was Vizcaya, built between 1914 and 1922, according to a Paquette’s news release.
The International Harvester Co. was a U.S. manufacturer of agricultural machinery, construction equipment, trucks, and household and commercial products. In 1902, J.P. Morgan merged the McCormick Harvesting Machine Co. and Deering Harvester Co., along with three smaller agricultural equipment firms, to form International Harvester, the release states.
“Not only will we be taking a look into the history of International Harvester and the families that made the company great, but we will be discovering Florida’s history as well,” he says in the release. “These properties are important to our past and they should be valued by us all.”
He invites the public to join him on this group tour. A deluxe motor coach will depart at 6am from Paquette’s, 615 S. Whitney Road, and return around 10pm to Leesburg. The cost of $135 per person ($120 if paid by Aug. 31) includes parking at Paquette’s, tours of both sites in Miami, a box lunch, and free time. A dinner stop at Cracker Barrel in Fort Pierce is not included in the price. To make reservations, call the museum from 9am-4pm Tuesday-Saturday at 352.728.3588.
Paquette’s Historical Farmall Tractor Museum is dedicated to the preservation of International Harvester farm equipment. Open to the public since 2010, it’s home to more than 200 restored IH tractors, farm implements, and memorabilia, some of which dates to the 1920s. The museum hosts many events throughout the year, including a Tractor Show & Pull and an annual IH Pancake Breakfast, and the campus has a Show Barn for entertainment and weddings.
In 1985, International Harvester sold off most of its agricultural division to Tenneco Inc., which merged it into its subsidiary, J.I. Case, under the Case IH brand. In 1986, International Harvester renamed itself Navistar International Corp.