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

Oliver Farm Plow

 
 
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By Cosmos Mariner, June 8, 2017
1. Oliver Farm Plow Marker
Inscription.  This double furrow plow was built by the Oliver Implement Company. It was tractor drawn and used to turn the fields for planting. The round disc in front of each plow share was used to cut vines, stems and roots. These discs, called coulters, would allow the plow blade to cleanly turn the ground leaving no vegetation. The two wheels are different in size. The far wheel has knobs on it and manual brake drum. The angle of the plow blade would cause the plow to "drift" to one side. In order to prevent this, the operator would pull on a rope attached to the brake handle causing that wheel to stow down correcting the drift. This type of turn plow has been used for centuries and is still in use today.
 
Location. 40° 44.452′ N, 73° 9.587′ 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
Oliver Farm Plow Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 8, 2017
2. Oliver Farm Plow Marker
are within walking distance of this marker. Spike Tooth Harrow (here, next to this marker); Hay Rake (here, next to this marker); Manure Spreader (here, next to this marker); Sickle Bar Mower (a few steps from this marker); Neighbor Across the Way (approx. 0.2 miles away); Locust Bridge (approx. mile away); The Connetquot River (approx. mile away); The Country Home (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Great River.
 
Also see . . .  Oliver Farm Equipment Company (Wikipedia). James Oliver started the Oliver Chilled Plow Works in 1853. On June 30, 1857, James Oliver obtained his first patent from the United States government for his chilled plow shares and in February 1869, he obtained another patent for his process. What Oliver accomplished by this invention is sometimes referred to as chill hardening, or simply chilling. This insured a hard plow cutting point. (Submitted on March 26, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Topics. This marker is included in this topic list: Agriculture
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 26, 2020. This page originally submitted on March 26, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 36 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 26, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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