Eric Sloane and the Opening of the Eric Sloane Museum

Pleased to announce that The Eric Sloane Museum opens on April 30th for the 2022 season. Here is a throwback photo of Eric Sloane and his dog “Spooky” on the very first opening day of the museum, 28 May, 1969. From Wil Mauch’s Symbols of American Spirit: 50 Years of the Eric Sloane Museum. Image used by permission of the author.
Learn more about how the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum supports and promotes the legacy of Eric Sloane through a robust partnership with the Eric Sloane Museum by visiting us at

Noah Blake Cabin interior, c. 1974

An early photograph of the interior of the original Noah Blake cabin on the grounds of the Eric Sloane Museum. We rebuilt that cabin after it was determined to be structurally unsound by the state of Connecticut. We hewed (pun intended) to Eric’s vision of the cabin as he illustrated it in his 1962 classic Diary of an Early American Boy: Noah Blake 1805.
Learn more about the reconstruction of the Noah Blake cabin at

New Initiative at the Eric Sloane Museum

Two of the nicest gentlemen you would care to meet. On the left is Andrew Rowand, who has done an incredible amount of work as the Site Manager for the museum. Andrew is incredibly hard working, has fantastic ideas, and is very knowledgeable about Eric Sloane, the museum, and many, many historic crafts and trades. He has been a great partner!
On the right is John Pennings, my successor in every meaning of the word. John is a natural leader, and is very skilled and knowledgeable in more things than I can even remember. Thank you, John, for serving as our board president.
We’re surveying the lean-to shed and listening to Andrew’s needs for an enclosed space dedicated to education…it looks as if this will be the next major project that the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum will undertake in support of our mission to assist the museum. We will keep you posted!

Eric Sloane and the Noah Blake Cabin

Author and artist Eric Sloane (1905-1985) photographed outside of the newly built Noah Blake cabin, probably late summer of 1974. It appears that Eric has in his right hand several riven wooden shingles.
After a period of about a decade of being shuttered to public visitation, the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum undertook a 4 year project of completely rebuilding the cabin, using as a template the cabin as drawn by Eric in his 1962 “Dairy of an Early American Boy: Noah Blake 1805”. You can read more about the cabin, and the book that inspired it here:

Eric Sloane’s Simple Machines Exhibit

New hands-on exhibit “Eric Sloane’s Simple Machines” at the Eric Sloane Museum

A big thank you to Scott Sheldon and John Pennings of  the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum and museum head Andrew Rowand for all their incredible work on the Noah Blake cabin yesterday! My special thanks to Andrew for going the extra mile in helping me to install the brand new hands-on simple machines exhibit in the cabin. Visitors young and old can now experiment with simple machines and understand fully how they can provide a mechanical advantage.