Wyman Museum to open its doors

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To take a stroll back in time to an old general store or a turn-of-the-century farm, one needs to look no further than the Wyman Living History Ranch and Museum three miles east of Craig.

Decades of collecting and years of organizing will culminate in the grand opening, featuring crafts, displays and a journey through time. The free celebration will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 19.

"I guarantee there's something here that you have never seen before in your life," museum employee Nicky Boulger said. "Lou (Wyman) has been collecting for 50 years and had a museum out on his ranch on the Williams Fork."

From antique cars, tractors and airplanes, to the displays of tin soldiers, there is something for every age group.

An old-time general store from the town of Pagoda has shelves stocked with flour, coffee, tobacco and canned goods. The old Post Office is set up like it was when the mail was carried by horseback. A blacksmith shop donated by Jack Hayworth of Walden appears as it was in the day when it once shod horses on the North Park homestead.

Some activities visitors to the grand opening might experience include crafters working in different mediums to make objects that can be purchased by the public.

"We have local crafters that will be set up in the back of the store," Mary Walters with the Wyman Museum Crafters said.

Walters said the plan is to have crafters always working to make handmade items in the store when the museum is open. Some items will be sewn and crocheted, and others made of leather and wood.

The grand opening will also feature a horseshoe pit for the visitors.

A strange request to bring a dirty shirt is made clear as Boulger demonstrates the primitive washing machines on display.

"We invite people to try out the antique washing machines," she said. "We even have an old plunger-style one."

Other features include an extensive chainsaw collection and a vintage bank teller window.

In the future, Wyman plans to have the town blacksmith forging shoes and stoking the fire.

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