Welcome to the Home Textile Tool Museum
The Home Textile Tool Museum was founded in 1999 and incorporated as a 501c3 educational organization dedicated to the understanding of textile production in the rural home during the first half of the nineteenth century.
Using our collection of wheels, looms and associated tools of that era, we recreate the processes of textile fabrication commonly practiced by rural families in northern Pennsylvania. All aspects of home textile production are demonstrated including flax cultivation and processing, sheep shearing, spinning, weaving, and natural dyeing.
Although thread, yarn, and fabric were commercially available, they were expensive. Many families made their own clothing, bed linens, coverlets, towels, rugs, and storage sacks. They used wooden tools and equipment built by local craftsmen.
Our founder William Ralph believed strongly that old tools were not only meant to be admired, but used. At HTTM we invite visitors to learn to spin and weave on tools used by our regional ancestors.