Museum Village was the vision of Roscoe William Smith (1877-1976), an electrical engineer, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and collector who contributed to his native Orange County in many ways during his 99 years.
Probably Roscoe’s most cherished gift to the local community was Museum Village of Old Smith’s Clove. Roscoe was passionate about American history and was an avid collector of Americana. His collection varied widely, from textiles and porcelain items to horse-drawn carriages. His main interest was in craft tools and mechanical devices: their invention, adaptation, and development which he realized were slowly disappearing.
For over 40 years Roscoe amassed a great collection. In 1940 he began to display the artifacts and educate visitors. Museum Village opened its doors on July 1, 1950.
They also host many events throughout their season.
The Village is open every Saturday and Sunday during the Spring, Summer and Fall seasons from 11 am -4 pm.
With guided tours at 12:30 and 2, take a deeper dive into what life in the Hudson Valley was like before the turn of the 20th century.
- Adult: $15
- Seniors: $13
- Children ( 4-12 ): $10
- Children ( 3 and under ) FREE
- Active Military FREE
- Veterans FREE
Museum Village houses over 2,000 books, letters and journals, as well as, artifacts from the 19th century. This may lend to the suspected paranormal activity that takes place on the property.