In Acadia Parish there’s a museum, that’s unlike any other. Started as a collection of farm machinery toys almost 27 years ago, Kelly’s Landing in Crowley is now an iconic landmark full of everything John Deere. Owner and collector Kelly Hundley says that his museum has amassed over 1,000 items in that familiar John Deere yellow and green. Tours take visitors past all types of finds from pins and key rings, oil cans and mugs, to the bigger items like antique tractors and tractor parts. With so many John Deere items on display, Hundley says that his wife is wearisome of standing still for too long lest he decides to "paint her green and yellow, too."Hundley says he has about 1,837 tractors on the premises, both big and small, but that the number is just an estimate. It’s also, according to Hundley, a nod to the year that John Deere first invented the plow.A trip to Crowley’s tourist commission or mayor’s office by visitors to the city often ends with a recommendation to stop by Kelly’s Landing. And Hundley says he’s glad that locals and tourists can enjoy his collection. The reactions people have when visiting the Landing is what Hundley says makes him proud of the work he’s done."When the people see it and reminisce about something their daddy would have had," says Hundley. " That’s the satisfaction I get out of this."
Posted at 7:34 AM, May 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-07 19:06:28-04
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