Museum Village is a unique and inviting open-air historical museum which offers visitors the opportunity to explore vignettes of 19th century American life. Using a large collection of eclectic artifacts, the museum provides hands-on educational experiences and exhibits that illustrate the transition from a rural to an industrial culture and economy in America. Visit the School House, Broom Shop, Blacksmith, Print Shop, Drug Store, Log Cabin, Weave Shop, Candle Shop, and much more! We even have one of three complete mastodon skeletons in the entire world! Seasonal events, group tours, picnic grounds, peanut-free snack bar, gift shop and free parking. Be sure to check our website for current updates and information. www.museumvillage.org
Museum Village was the vision of Roscoe William Smith (1877-1976), an electrical engineer, philanthropist and collector who contributed to his native Orange County in many ways during his 99 years. Roscoe made his fortune as founder of the Orange & Rockland electric company in 1905. The wealth he generated from his successful company and investments allowed him to give back to the community in many ways. Probably Mr. Smith's most cherished gift to the community was Museum Village of Old Smith's Clove. Mr. Smith was passionate about American history and was an avid collector of Americana. His collection varied widely from textiles and porcelain items to horse-drawn carriages. His main interest was in craft tools and mechanical devices; their invention, adaptation and development, which he realized were slowly disappearing. He would sometimes accept farm tools or artifacts as forms of payment for electricity. For over 40 years Mr. Smith amassed a great collection. In 1940 he began to display the artifacts and educate visitors. Museum Village opened its doors on July 1, 1950.