A man of great energy and many talents, Eric Sloane (1905-1985) was a prolific artist, author and illustrator of over 30 books, and an avid collector of Americana. His extensive collection of hand tools is displayed in a building gifted to the State in 1969 by Stanley Works, the Connecticut-based tool manufacturing company, to mark their 125th anniversary.The collection tells a fascinating story about bygone times and the great American heritage of craftsmanship.
Sloane’s career as an artist comes vividly alive in his studio, minutely re-created with his paint-spattered easel and rows of jars jammed with paint brushes. Examples of his artworks are displayed in an adjoining gallery.
Adjacent to the museum, Sloane himself built a pioneer cabin as described by Noah Blake in Diary of An Early American Boy, an 1805 diary published by Sloane.
The Kent Iron Furnace, which is on the museum property, began production of pig iron in 1826 and continued for almost 70 years.The granite blast furnace with its Gothic arches can be seen down the hill behind the museum. A diorama explaining the local iron industry is in the museum lobby.
Hours of Operation
The museum will be closed for restoration and renovation through September 15, 2019.