George K. Brown was clearly proud of the family business, Wyandot, Inc., and its roots in and contributions to the popcorn industry. Brown founded the Wyandot Popcorn Museum in 1982 in an effort to share and preserve the history of the popcorn industry by collecting and restoring one of the world’s largest assortment of popcorn antiques.
The history of the popcorn industry comes to life at the Museum, where enthusiasts can view the Museum’s featured popper, the 1899 Cretors No. 1 Popper, the third-oldest Cretors antique popcorn wagon in the world. Also on hand is the 1927 Model TT Cretors concession truck, one of seven remaining Cretors concession trucks of the Model T style which has been featured in the Marion Popcorn Festival Parade. Cracker Jack fans also can see 50 years of prizes coming from the popcorn- and peanut-filled boxes. The Wyandot Popcorn Museum, recognized as one of the most unique and outstanding museums of its size in the State of Ohio, is located in Heritage Hall, 169 East Church Street in Marion, Ohio. It is a 501.C3 charity, and is considered a community treasure, which helps bolster the Marion economy.