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Schroeder Saddletree Factory Museum

106 Milton St, Madison, IN 47250-3222
+1 812-265-2967
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My daughter had a horse, so. . .

This was very enjoyable! This old-time factory has been restored and is quite interesting. Really... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Silrad
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Lincoln, California
History comes alive!

This is just like it was a hundred years ago. Amazing to see the labor intensive process of making... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
ggerskine
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Orlando, Florida
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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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  • Very good21%
  • Average3%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible6%
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“clothes pins” (3 reviews)
“walked away” (2 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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106 Milton St, Madison, IN 47250-3222
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 24 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 22 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 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.

Thank russellp117
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...More

Thank Bill F
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!

Thank Ben B
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

Thank IndyCar2312
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