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Great River in Suffolk County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Hay Rake

 
 
Hay Rake Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 8, 2017
1. Hay Rake Marker
Inscription.  This rake is an original piece of Cutting farm equipment. Initially it was designed to be pulled by a horse, but was later adapted for tractor use. Hay was grown on many of the fields on this estate. It was cut with sickle bar mowers such as the ones on either side of this rake and then left to dry in the fields. When the hay had dried sufficiently, it was collected with this piece of equipment, loaded onto wagons and taken to the barn you see opposite this display where it was stored in the loft. It was then used as winter forage for the Cutting’s dairy herd.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Agriculture.
 
Location. 40° 44.453′ N, 73° 9.591′ W. Marker is in Great River, New York, in Suffolk County. Marker can be reached from Ruland Road 0.2 miles south of Montauk Highway (New York State Route 27A). Marker is located along the walking trail in Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park, about 4/10 mile north of the parking lot. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 440 Montauk Highway, Great River NY 11739, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Manure Spreader (here, next to
Hay Rake Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 8, 2017
2. Hay Rake Marker
this marker); Oliver Farm Plow (here, next to this marker); Sickle Bar Mower (here, next to this marker); Spike Tooth Harrow (a few steps from this marker); Neighbor Across the Way (approx. 0.2 miles away); Locust Bridge (approx. ¼ mile away); The Connetquot River (approx. ¼ mile away); The Country Home (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Great River.
 
Also see . . .  Hay Rake (Wikipedia). The typical early horse-drawn hay rake was a dump rake, a wide two-wheeled implement with curved steel or iron teeth usually operated from a seat mounted over the rake with a lever-operated lifting mechanism. This rake gathered cut hay into windrows by repeated operation perpendicular to the windrow, requiring the operator to raise the rake, turn around and drop the teeth to rake back and forth in order to form the windrow. (Submitted on March 26, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Hay Rake image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 8, 2017
3. Hay Rake
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 26, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 26, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 41 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 26, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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