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Museum of Early Trades & Crafts
9 Main Street, Madison, NJ 07940
The Museum of Early Trades and Crafts was founded in 1969 to house a collection of over 8,000 tools and artifacts used in New Jersey before 1860. Agnes and Edgar Land started their collection on Long Island in the 1940s, purchasing 18th and 19th century craft items that had been used on area farms that had started to become mechanized or converted to residential developments. The couple continued their collecting after moving to New Jersey.
Artifacts on exhibit include buckets, powder horns, hayforks, cradle scythes, and the ice saws used to cut and collect ice from the surface ponds in an era before refrigeration.
The museum's most popular programs involve craftspeople — such as carpenters, coopers and blacksmiths — demonstrating the use of these tools in the performance of their professions.
The museum is in Morris County, N.J., near New York City.
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