Ohio Valley Dream'n

| August/September 1993

2277 Berry Road, Amelia, Ohio 45102

Reported in Gas Engine Magazine January-February 1972 issue was the excitement of the first show sponsored by the Ohio Valley Antique Machinery Association (OVAM) in August 1971. At this show a dream was started the dream of OVAM having its very own grounds for shows and other events. Of being able to set up events and machinery and not having to dismantle or move after the show, of having a museum and activities all year round.

As years passed the show continued to grow, and the fairgrounds became too congested, which became a safety issue. The show also had several leads on big antique equipment, log cabins, other buildings, and bridges which needed to be preserved on a permanent location. Something had to be done.

After the 1990 show the directors and members of OVAM seriously set forth looking for a parcel of land that would serve as a show grounds and museum. In November 1990, a tract of land came up for a sheriffs sale.

The ground was perfect for our purpose. It was one mile west from the fairgrounds and Georgetown, Ohio, with mature trees and good drainage, and was bordered by a major highway. It was a beautiful layout for a show grounds, as well as for a museum. Could this property be the answer to our dream?

OVAM directors voted to try to buy the property, with Shrouded Machinery offering to loan any additional money needed. OVAM was the successful bidder. Our dream came true. One week after the auction, OVAM transported a huge Corliss steam engine to the grounds, saving it from becoming scrap.