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Schroeder Saddletree Factory Museum

106 Milton St, Madison, IN 47250-3222
+1 812-265-2967
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A unique, one of a kind place to visit

A very unique factory that you will not find any place else. While the manufacturing machines are... read more

Reviewed 16 August 2017
R W
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Madison, United States
Over 2 hours of repetitive information.

Although a woodworker and a history buff, the 2hr+ guide through the saddle tree factory was more... read more

Reviewed 9 August 2017
RMWinters
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Rushville, Indiana
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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. Recognized by historians as one of America's premier industrial heritage site and the only saddle tree museum in the U.S., this a vintage workplace has been restored and opened to visitors. Owned and operated by Historic Madison, Inc., of Madison, Indiana.
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Hours Today: 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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106 Milton St, Madison, IN 47250-3222
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+1 812-265-2967
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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

2  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

Thank Silrad
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.

Thank ggerskine
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

2  Thank BillThree
Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

I found out about this place on line. The more I saw on line about this museum the more I wanted to go. What an interesting museum. I was blown away by this saddletree factor. My mom and I are glad we went. A must...More

2  Thank szar101
Reviewed 14 November 2016

My father loves horses, saddles, history, and leather works. The place is a wonderful, historic place. If you take the guided tour, it should last 1-2 hours. The gentleman that showed us around was great! If you wonder how saddles are formed, this is the...More

3  Thank funny12reddog
Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

My husband is a woodworker and found this site quite interesting. The guy on staff was very knowledgeable and friendly and did a great job sharing the history of the site. Really only need 30 minutes to visit, but the highlight is the woodworking shop...More

1  Thank LaChatNoir
Reviewed 15 August 2016

I didn't know how you build a saddle. This museum takes you through the way the "skeleton of a saddle is made. Most unique is the side saddles for ladies. Also the saddles for racing.

Thank russellp117
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