By Submitted Story on July 19, 2022
The Museum of the Albemarle will display a circa 1920 soybean harvester manufactured in Elizabeth City by the Gordon Bean and Pea Harvester Company in its main lobby in conjunction with the unveiling of the new North Carolina Highway Historical Marker dedicated to Soybean Processing.
This machine was developed by local inventor LeRoy S. Gordon (1866-1955). Gordon was not the only inventor and manufacturer of soybean harvesters in Elizabeth City, as Church Street resident George Pritchard (1883-1947) also patented his own model in the 1920s as well. The museum has a model of each.
Please visit the Museum of the Albemarle to view this and other exhibits Monday-Saturday 10am-4pm. The exhibit, which runs from August 12, 2022, to October 14, 2022, is free and open to the public. The museum is located at 501 South Water Street, Elizabeth City.