PINCKNEYVILLE — Charlie Greer’s dream has finally come true.
This Friday, the Illinois Rural Heritage Museum will celebrate its grand opening, putting a cap on a 10-year journey for the lifelong Perry County farmer and his wife, Mary.
Charlie first envisioned his dream 10 years ago — opening a museum dedicated to farming and life on the farm. It was something the Greers even considered selling their family farm to open. Charlie has 86 restored antique tractors he has collected over 25 years, and he and Mary collected many other types of farm memorabilia and antique items.
Charlie had the idea and eventually found the perfect location. Five years ago, childhood friend Irl Engelhardt listened to the dream and helped get the ball rolling.
The Illinois Rural Heritage Museum is the first of many community projects that have been initiated by the Foundation for Pinckneyville, who purchased the site for the Rural Heritage Museum in January 2008.
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