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Schroeder Saddletree Factory Museum

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Neat history lesson

Interesting if you are into history or are a craftsman. Tour the factory where saddle trees and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
indyfam20032016
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Kokomo, Indiana
Saddletree... What's a Saddletree ?

While visiting Madison, Indiana, went to the Schroeder Saddletree Factory Museum. It was a Friday... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
francoish27
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Palos, United States
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For 94 years, workers at the Ben Schroeder Saddle tree Company crafted wooden frames for saddle makers throughout the United States and Latin America. It was the nation's longest lasting, continually, operated, family owned saddle tree company...more
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting if you are into history or are a craftsman. Tour the factory where saddle trees and clothespins were made. Everything was left as is and some machines still work.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While visiting Madison, Indiana, went to the Schroeder Saddletree Factory Museum. It was a Friday afternoon and we were the first visitors of the day. A tour guide first gave us an orientation about the saddletree and its significance in the development of midwestern and...More

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Historic M, Public Relations Manager at Schroeder Saddletree Factory Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for visiting our Saddletree Museum and reviewing us! We are very fortunate to be stewards of this piece of history and love the site so much. Thanks for visiting Madison too!

Reviewed 6 August 2018

my husband and i found the saddletree factory very interesting and informative. I love historical things . We had never seen how saddles were made and were also able to learn the different styles that were used then. This would be great for "home school"...More

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Historic M, Public Relations Manager at Schroeder Saddletree Factory Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 September 2018

Thanks for your review! Yes, we have tried many times to get the home schoolers at the site. We have also worked with 4-H groups. Each year we tour around 400 4th graders through as well and have done that for years. Its interesting to...More

Reviewed 3 March 2018

The factory itself looks like the workers went home and forgot to come back, for 100 years. Seems that is essentially what happened. Work dwindled and then the place was shuttered and abandoned. The history was preserved by total disinterest until the modern day. They...More

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Historic M, Public Relations Manager at Schroeder Saddletree Factory Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 March 2018

HI- This is Historic Madison, Inc, Actually, the last Schroeder son passed away on the complex in 1972. He was repairing a saddletree out in the shop and walked out and slipped. He passed away shortly thereafter. The complex was in the estate holding for...More

Reviewed 16 August 2017

A very unique factory that you will not find any place else. While the manufacturing machines are only turned on for special occassions and groups, all machines are fully functioning and useable. There reportedly is no known saddletree factory functional or otherwise in existance today...More

1  Thank R W
Reviewed 9 August 2017

Although a woodworker and a history buff, the 2hr+ guide through the saddle tree factory was more than I could take. For the rest of my party it was nearly torture. What could have been a five star 30 -45 min tour was instead drawn...More

5  Thank RMWinters
Reviewed 31 July 2017

This is a step back in time to see how an industry changed to keep up with the times from hand carving saddle trees, to using steam, then diesel, changing products to meet demand -- making saddle trees, to gloves for WWI then clothespins during...More

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Historic M, Public Relations Manager at Schroeder Saddletree Factory Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 August 2017

Thanks for your kind review! It is a fascinating place! All of our HMI staff have a fondness for this site too and our volunteers are very passionate about it. Thanks for stopping in!

Reviewed 16 July 2017

This was very enjoyable! This old-time factory has been restored and is quite interesting. Really enjoyed learning about how saddle trees were constructed and the other things this family-run business did to succeed over the years. It is possible to get around the place if...More

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Historic M, Guest Relations Manager at Schroeder Saddletree Factory Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 18 July 2017

Thank you so much for reviewing us and the Saddletree Factory. It is one of our favorite sites and certainly is favored by many of our visitors. Thanks and hope you enjoyed your visit to Madison, IN

Reviewed 8 July 2017 via mobile

This is just like it was a hundred years ago. Amazing to see the labor intensive process of making saddles out of wood. Also they made clothespins here. The docent was great! I think everyone would enjoy seeing this factory and machinery.

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Historic M, Public Relations Manager at Schroeder Saddletree Factory Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2017

Thanks for your comment. Our volunteers are passionate people, and the interpreters for Saddletree just love it there!

Reviewed 25 May 2017 via mobile

This museum is setup as if the owner and workers stepped out to lunch. All tools and machines are set up to work. What an interesting history too. Ever wonder how saddles were made more than hundred years ago? Come and discover the clever ways...More

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