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“You will be pleased well beyond your expectations”

Connecticut Antique Machinery
Ranked #5 of 11 things to do in Kent
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Oakdale, Connecticut
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265 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
“You will be pleased well beyond your expectations”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2012

Found this by accident when visiting the Sloane Stanley Museum next door. Absolutely incredible collection of running steam engines, trains, tools etc. New operational blacksmith shop and sawmill. Restored steam trains that run and they are restoring a real caboose. Volunteers are very knowledgeable and friendly. Check for their spring and fall festivals as this is really something to see. Not sure if it stays open in the winter so ck before you go.

Visited October 2012
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Arnside, United Kingdom
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“Awesome Day you must visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2012

Thanks to all the people here who this place so good. We visited mid week and had a fabulous time being guided around the machinery and the mining and mineral exhibition. As the musuem runs on donations it offers great value for money. Steam engines, traction engines, vintage tractors and other machinery there's lots to see, the stories of how the museum gets and installs it's exhibits is as aweinspiring as some of the exhibits themselves.
You must visit if you have any interest in victorian engineering and as Kent nearby is a nice village to stroll around it's a full day out.

Visited October 2012
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South Windsor, Connecticut
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“Happened upon this attraction & spent a couple enjoyable hours.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2012

Fascinating old machinery, tractors, & train engines. Wonderful rock, gem, & mining exhibits. Definitely worth a stop.

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Dagsboro, Delaware
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“Old Technology That Made America”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2011

Engines and Rocks do not at first seem to go together but the volunteers who offer huge amounts of time to the Connecticut Antique Machinery Museum near Kent, CT know exactly what they are doing! Here you can walk among giants of the industrial past ranging from stationary steam engines (with 14 foot diameter flywheels) to oil field combustion engines, railroad engines, and associated machinery used in large scale agriculture. The best time to visit is during their yearly fall festival (the last full weekend of September) when the machines are put into action. Some of the machines were used in mining and this museum offers an amazing mining exhibit that has one of the best mineral collections to be found anywhere outside of major Natural History Museums! Study the mining history of Connecticut with carefully constructed models and maps. We had a wonderful guide who was so pleased to take us around and explained how everything worked and where it came from. Strongly recommended educational visit for children. There is a well stocked science and technology gift shop and although there is no explicit fee for entering, I felt a need to make a good donation to support the program.

Visited September 2011
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