LEFT G Eric Sloane Museum & Kent Iron Furnace
National Register of Historic Places
Connecticut State Archaeological Preserve
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 remains of the granite blast furnace with its Gothic arches can be seen just below the museum. A diorama explaining the local iron industry is in the museum lobby. The museum and gift shop are fully accessible.*

The museum features works of art by Eric Sloane and houses a reconstruction of his studio. Extensive collection of early American tools. Some prints, books and videos are available for sale. Remains of the Kent Iron Furnace operating from 1826-1892 on grounds. A replica of the the cabin from Sloane's book, "Diary of an Early American Boy: Noah Blake 1805" built by Sloane stands near the museum.*

Eric Sloane Museum

Diary of an American Boy Book Cover

$8 adults
$6 seniors (60 years +) & college students
$5 children (6-17)
Free children 5 and under
Discounted admission for schools and groups by appointment.

Admission tickets can be used for half-price on a future visit to any of the four State Museums.  May 28 - September 3, 2012:
Free admission to active duty military members   and up to 5 family members with ID

Contact Information:
Eric Sloane Museum & Kent Iron Furnace
31 Kent-Cornwall Road (Route 7), P.O. Box 917
Kent, CT 06757
Barbara Russ, Museum Assistant
Karin Peterson, Museum Director
860-256-2760 or karin.peterson@ct.gov

The museum is on Route 7 in Kent, one mile north of the intersection of Routes 7 & 341.

Website: For information please visit the Eric Sloane Museum Website

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