The Aberdeenshire Farming Museum

(NE of Scotland Agricultural Heritage Centre)

Situated within Aden Country Park, between Old Deer and Mintlaw, 9 miles (15 km) west of Peterhead, the Aberdeenshire Farming Museum is one of the most visited attractions in NE Scotland and comprises the North East of Scotland Agricultural Heritage Centre and Hareshowe Working Farm. Located in an unusual early 19th-century curved steading building, the heritage centre tells the story of the Aden Estate, North East farming life and agricultural innovations through displays and audio-visual presentations. The steading had become derelict during the 20th century, but was renovated in 1983 by Banff and Buchan District Council. Hareshowe of Ironside is a typical small Buchan farm steading. Once located 9 miles (14.5 km) from Aden Country Park and owned by the Barron family from 1935 until the late 1980s, it was dismantled stone-by-stone and rebuilt on its present site in 1990-91. The farm was returned to its mid-1950s character. Guided tours are offered in addition to demonstrations of kitchencraft in the farmhouse and traditional working practices on the 8 ha (20 acres) of farmland. Hareshowe was opened as a museum on the 3rd May 1991 by its former owner Miss Margaret Barron.

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