Eric Sloane Museum, Kent

Overview

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Step into the world of Eric Sloane, renowned Connecticut artist and author of 38 books. View his paintings, illustrations and extensive collection of early American hand tools, a tribute to American artisanship. Experience the Noah Blake Cabin, a recreation of an  early 19th century dwelling from his most famous book, Diary of an Early American Boy. Explore the museum’s scenic grounds near the Housatonic River, where you can also see the ruins of the Kent Iron Furnace and picturesque walking trails.

 

Eric Sloane 

Artist, Author, Collector

 Eric Sloane (1905-1985) is best known for his idyllic landscapes, which often feature New England architecture and expansive skies.  Sloane wrote and illustrated many books on Colonial tools, architecture, farming techniques, folklore and rural wisdom. Each book included detailed illustrations, hand-lettering and his characteristic folksy wit. Sloane’s fascination with weather led to commissions from the U.S. Air Force, as well as illustrated works on meteorology and weather forecasting. Sloane himself arranged and labeled the museum collection, telling a fascinating story about bygone times and the great American heritage of craftsmanship. The  building itself was donated to the State of Connecticut in 1969 by Stanley Works, the Connecticut-based tool manufacturing company.

 

 

The museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the site is a State Archaeological Preserve.