The Home Textile Tool Museum

Orwell, Pennsylvania

             The Home Textile Tool Museum is like no other museum. Not only can you see old spinning wheels, looms and tools of early America being used as they were 150 years ago, you can touch, and even try using them yourself (under safe and friendly supervision). Today we live in a world where no one needs to make anything and all of us are dependent on everyone for everything. In 1840, nine out of every ten people lived on the farm.  People made most of what they needed themselves, using simple hand tools

             These survival skills are now in danger of being forgotten but hopefully are still latent in ourselves. Our purpose is to preserve and rekindle an interest in making things ourselves by hand. That is why we encourage visitors to touch the tools our ancestors touched, to sit at the looms they sat at, to put their feet in the depressions on the treadles of a spinning wheel made by their bare feet.

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