Places to Visit

Last updated 3/6/99

Sites of interest. They're all real places, although some have web sites too.

The Joiner's Museum (Almenno S. Bartolomeo Museum)
Via Papa Giovanni, 59
24030 Almenno S. Bartolomeo (Bergamo), Italy
Italian historical woodworking, from the 17th century on.


The Furniture Library
1009 North Main Street
High Point, NC 27262
(910) 883-4011
7,000 volumes, plus some 500 titles for sale.

Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum
18-25, 4-chome Nakayamatedori, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Japan
A great collection of traditional Japanese woodworking tools and examples of traditional joinery. Don't miss the video library of carpenters/joiners at work.

The Gamble House
4 Westmoreland Place
Pasadena, CA 91103
(818) 793-3334
Superb Arts and Crafts house and furnishing by Greene and Greene.

Mystic Seaport
47 Greenmanville Avenue
Mystic, CT 06355
(860) 572-5315
A restored whaling village, complete with exhibits on the allied trades.

Old Sturbridge Village
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
(508) 347-3362
One of the larger recreated villages, including operating sawmill, cooper shop., etc.

Canterbury Shaker Village
288 Shaker Road
Canterbury, NH 03224
(603) 783-9511

Hancock Shaker Village
Rts 20 and 41
P.O. Box 927
Pittsfield, MA 01202
(800) 817-1137

The American Precision Museum
196 Main St.
Windsor, VT 05089
Open Memorial Day to Nov. 1, an extensive collection of machine tools and their products.

The Shelburne Museum, which has a collection of woodworking tools, among other things.

The MacLachlin Woodworking Museum

Woodworking in the White House Collection of American Crafts Exhibition at the Smithsonian
Some great stuff here, including quicktime clips of the artists.
The Smithsonian's National Musem of American History has an exhibition of tool chests, including the legendary Studley chest.

The Museum of Early Trades and Crafts
Main St. and Green Village Rd.
Madison, NJ 07940
(201) 377-2982

Troyes, France
10,000 old tools can't all be wrong.

The Genesee Country Museum
Flint Hill Rd
Mumford, NY
About 20 miles outside of Rochester, featuring a reconstructed 19th century village complete with working trade shops. Highly recommended by Ted Kinsey, who's responsible for the wagonmaker/ wheelwright's shop.

The Mercer Museum
84 South Pine St.
Doylestown, PA 18901
(215) 345-0210
Established by Henry Mercer, a pioneer tool collector, to document vanishing industries. A great diverse collection, and the home of the EAIA library.

Colonial Williamsburg
Williamsburg, VA
(804) 220-7645
1-800-HISTORY (a truly cutting-edge automated telephone system)
The place for early Americana, especially recreated craft shops.

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Winterthur, DE 19735
(800) 448-3883
Home to a nice collection of furniture and decorative arts.

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