Gordon soybean harvester on display at the Museum of the Albemarle

Published 12:28 pm Wednesday, July 20, 2022

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In conjunction with the unveiling of the new North Carolina Highway Historical Marker dedicated to soybean processing, the Museum of the Albemarle will place on display in its main lobby a circa 1920 soybean harvester manufactured in Elizabeth City by the Gordon Bean and Pea Harvester Company.

This machine was developed by local inventor LeRoy S. Gordon (1866-1955). Gordon was not the only inventor and manufacturer of soybean harvesters in Elizabeth City, as Church Street resident George Pritchard (1883-1947) also patented his own model in the 1920s as well.  The museum has a model of each.

Visit the Museum of the Albemarle to view this and other exhibits Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The exhibit, which runs from August 12, 2022 to October 14, 2022, is free and open to the public.

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