Museum Village of Old Smith’s Clove Brings 19th Century to Life

“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” – Marcus Garvey

Summertime is an opportunity to visit all of those “I’d love to see someday” places. Whether taking a road trip or flying across the country, we invite to come and visit all the must-see places In the Hudson Valley this summer! If you are looking for the 10 most relaxing things to do or the 10 most adventurous excursions, we can point you in the right direction. We love helping our guests plan memorable getaways! Today we are putting the spotlight on a special place that will take you back in time. In the effort to keep history alive, we want you to know about Museum Village of Old Smith’s Clove; bringing the 19th century to life each and every day

The Museum Village of Old Smith’s Clove is located in Monroe, NY, which is about 15 minutes away from our bed and breakfast in Salisbury Mills. This unique place is an open-air historical museum that explores life in the 19th century. The many replica buildings on site, staff in historical dress, reenactments, artifacts, exhibits and abundance of hands-on educational experiences offer visitors an extraordinary opportunity to step back in time. We can read or watch television shows but being able to see in person vignettes of 19th century American life is a unique experience.

The vision for this place came from Roscoe William Smith (1877-1976). He was a talented engineer, entrepreneur, collector, and philanthropist who made many contributions to Orange county over the years. He was passionate about American history and was an avid collector of Americana. In 1940 he began to display the artifacts and educate visitors and then the Museum Village officially opened its doors on July 1, 1950.

Today, you can take a trip into the past and learn how a family lived in a small one-room building with no modern conveniences! It’s hard to imagine how people did without some of things we now feel we could not live without! You can view virtual tour previews of many of their exhibits before you go! Some of the places you can explore in person include:

  • Log cabin
  • Natural history building
  • Schoolhouse
  • Broom shop
  • Candle shop
  • Farm tools
  • Wagon shop
  • Blacksmith
  • Drug store
  • General store
  • Print shop
  • Gift shop

We would love to host you for a memorable summer getaway. You can book directly online for guaranteed best rates and service or contact us anytime with questions or for assistance. Hope to see you soon at our home in the beautiful Hudson Valley!

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