SOUTH HAVEN, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Farming has become a cultural passion for an 88-year-old Long Island man.
As CBS2’s Jennifer McLogan reported Monday, he’s an example of living Long Island farming history.READ MORE: New Musical 'Six' Back On Stage After Pandemic Forced Broadway's Closure On Opening Night
“It’s amazing what he’s accomplished,” said Nancy Bush, whose husband is a harvester of history.
Farming is in Ron Bush’s genes.
Ron started doing farm chores.
“I started about three years old,” he said.
Since his college days at Cornell, Ron has been collecting and assembling historic farm equipment.
The family’s South Haven farm is now a collector’s paradise of 6,000 items, complete with an outhouse from 1860.
Their daughter Meghan is a 4th generation farmer. She runs the greenhouse.
There are two barns from 1920 and a milk house.READ MORE: A Closer Look At This Year's Best Musical Nominees: 'Moulin Rouge', 'Tina' And 'Jagged Little Pill'
“They stored the milk in here as they cooled it,” Ron said.
His iconic collection is a tribute to the inventors.
“It takes you back because there’s so many artifacts,” said Nancy.
“That’s when people had to put their ingenuity into what was necessary to make life work,” said Meghan.
Dairy farms are gone, and others are dwindling in the once agricultural-leading county.
“With the cost of land and labor, they no longer exist on Long Island,” Ron said.
He wants to keep that legacy alive.
“The men who used this, who made these, they’re no longer here,” Ron said.
Ron, cognizant of his age, is in discussion with several Long Island museums that would love to become a repository of this unique kaleidoscope of history.MORE NEWS: New Video Shows Suspects Wanted For East Harlem Slashing
Five hundred visitors come each year at no charge. Ron says if you have an old tool, please bring it along!