It is the mission of the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum to assist in the preservation and interpretation of the Eric Sloane Museum and its collection, to encourage and promote visitation, and to enhance public appreciation of the legacy of artist and author Eric Sloane.
We work in concert with the State of Connecticut’s Department of Economic and Community Development and the staff of the Eric Sloane Museum. The Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and our directors receive no compensation. We are a welcoming and inclusive board of directors, and welcome new members to our board should you have an interest in serving.
The Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum created a traditional, dry-laid New England stone wall gathering area and fire pit to welcome school groups and tours.
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Our current project involves rebuilding the Noah Blake cabin. Your membership and and donations help to support this important project of re-opening the most iconic exhibit of the museum.
The Eric Sloane Museum
The Eric Sloane Museum was created through a partnership between the Stanley Tool Works, the State of Connecticut, and author and artist Eric Sloane (1905-1985). The museum was completed in 1969 and houses Eric’s extensive collection of early American hand tools and a re-creation of his studio. The museum also has on display a collection of original works of art by Sloane, including examples of his oil paintings and pen and ink drawings.
Adjacent to the museum is a re-creation of Noah Blake’s cabin, built to provide visitors with the experience of exploring the world of Noah Blake as Sloane envisioned it in his classic book Diary of An Early American Boy. In 2018, the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum began restoration work on the cabin, which had been closed to visitors for more than a decade. Click here to learn how you can become a part of this important project. The campus also includes the remains of the nearly 200-year-old Kent Iron Furnace, as well as a walking trail tour of the iron making industry.