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Reopening Planned May 2021
To support the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, the museum is currently closed.
Step into the world of Eric Sloane, renowned Connecticut artist and author of 38 books. View his paintings, illustrations, and an 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.
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.