“This is the first tractor Keith ever got,” says Alan Stone, the curator of the Keystone Antique Tractor Museum, pointing to a 1950 John Deere Model M. Keith Stone, the owner of the museum, now has over 260 perfectly-restored antique tractors, 170 of which are displayed in the museum. “We have ten different John Deere models that they made less than two hundred of each,” Stone says.
But that isn’t all that the expansive museum showroom contains. In addition to the rows and rows of gleaming antique tractors and trucks (including Hopewell’s first fire truck) are exhibits of Virginia tobacco products, antique tools of all shapes and sizes, one of the largest model truck collections in the world, and even several shelves stocked with old soda bottles from regional companies. “I love local stuff,” Stone says proudly. “Anything with a local name, I love it.” Rooms in the museum can also be rented out as event venues, and can seat up to 200 people. You can also grab a hearty bite to eat during your perusal at the on-site restaurant, the Keystone Grill!
“We’ve had folks come from all over to see this, from as far away as Sweden and Jamaica. One couple drove down from Canada for the day just to visit.” It’s easy to see why – every corner of the museum holds some antique or trinket that’s interesting to experts, amateurs, or casual viewers alike. “We do have so much here,” Stone says, “and we’re always on the lookout for more.”