Keystone Tractor Works: Form Meets Function

By David S. Wallens • Photography by the author

Tractors? Yes, there’s an entire museum dedicated to the humble tractor–the machine that helps put food on countless plates around the world and asks for little in return. And you know what? Keystone Tractor Works is one of the most fascinating museums we’ve visited in a while. Sure, anyone can fill a large room with topflight classics, but it takes true fire to pay homage to farming equipment.

Keith Jones is the passionate soul responsible. First, he fell in love with a castoff John Deere he found sitting on his uncle’s property. Now the collection tops 200 pieces–and because Jones is the owner of Abilene Motor Express, the lot has grown to include vintage trucks, too.

Keystone Tractor Works is located mere yards from I-95, about half an hour south of Richmond, Virginia. It’s open seven days a week.

Keystone Tractor Works
880 W. Roslyn Road
Colonial Heights, Virginia
(804) 524-0020

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stuart in mn
stuart in mn UltimaDork
7/16/18 5:03 p.m.

That Minneapolis-Moline UDLX in the photo is one of the most valuable collector tractors there is, I think they go for six figures these days (that is, if you can find one.)  I grew up across the street from a Minneapolis-Moline dealership; they didn't have any of those but they did ones like the tractors in the background - I used to play on them all the time.  smiley

stylngle2003 Reader
7/18/18 1:22 p.m.

definitely taking my son here.  it's 30 minutes from my house, and I had no idea.

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