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11. Connecticut's Mining and Industrial Legacy

The CT Antique Machinery Museum, next to Sloane Stanley, is a complex of buildings dedicated to the preservation and demonstration of antique machinery from our rich industrial and agricultural past.

The complex includes a fully functional Blacksmith Shop stocked with tools of the trade, Diebold Agricultural Hall houses a large collection of antique farm tractors, large farm implements, agricultural memorabilia and small internal combustion engines; and Industrial Hall features the largest display of working full size steam engines and gas tractors in the state.

The Museum of Mining chronicles the iron ore industry in Litchfield Hills and has one of the state's most extensive collections of Connecticut minerals on display. Visitors to the Cream Hill Agricultural School circa 1845 and noted as one of the earliest schools dedicated to teaching the science of agriculture can admire various collections still in their original cases. A narrow gauge railroad once used in the sugar cane fields of Hawaii to move cane to the processing mill surrounds the complex.