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Schroeder Saddletree Factory Museum

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Address: 106 Milton St, Madison, IN 47250-3222
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+1 812-265-2967
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13:00 - 16:30
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Sat - Mon 13:00 - 16:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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For 94 years, workers at the Ben Schroeder Saddle tree Company crafted...

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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Turn back the clock!

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 November 2016
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Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 place for you. I recommend it. My father loved the visit and history lesson.

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Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 which looks just like it would have when the youngest son walked away for the... More 

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Freeland, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 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.

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Thank russellp117
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2016

I did not know that this place was in Madison. I enjoyed the tour and it was very informative. It was worth the time. I don't know I would go again unless I had someone with me who had not seen it but was worth the time to visit.

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Thank Bill F
Toledo, Ohio, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2016

We had a wonderful tour of this museum. The history from our guide was fascinating and going into the saddletree factory was like a true time warp. Well worth the visit!

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Madison, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2015

This is a very unusual place to visit. It is like stepping into a closed workshop and going through a time machine to step back in time to view a piece of history

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2015

I go to Madison at least every other month for wineries and shopping. I've never been impressed by what they call their landmark historic district because of all the run down houses and poverty. But I had a friend with me this past time and she thought it would be interesting and even educational to go to some of the... More 

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Owensville, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2015

Who knew saddle making could be so interesting and important to this community?! Lots of original artifacts and a very informative guide made this a positive experience.

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Richardson, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2015

The main house/shop displays the various saddle trees the Schroeders made and shipped out wedt and also to South America. At various times they also made gl8ves and clothes pins. There is about a 15 minute film on the family. You can also sneak a peek at the work batnbout back.

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Columbus, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2015

Saddletrees are the carved wooden frames that form the foundations of riding saddles. The Schroeder Saddletree Factory's origin dates from just after the Civil War, and produced hundreds of thousands of the eponymous products, as well as millions of clothespins, horse collar frames, and other wood items. The factory cut its final wood chips in 1972, and the proprietors just... More 

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