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Dorflinger Factory Museum

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Anne9878 wrote a review Aug. 2020
116 contributions37 helpful votes
Do not miss this museum when you are in this area! Fascinating look into the history of glass making and glass cutting in this area. The exhibition is really fantastic -- you will learn about the ingredients for making this type of glass as well as about the workers who were true artisans. The Dorflinger factory made some of the finest glass pieces of the late 19th and 20th centuries. THIS MUSEUM IS WELL WORTH A STOP!
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Dutch1638 wrote a review Sep. 2019
Fayetteville, Pennsylvania319 contributions135 helpful votes
The Dorflinger Museums are about a mile apart. In our opinion, this is the one that should be visited. We visited The Dorflinger Factory Museum first. (The other is Dorflinger Glass Museum on the former Christian Dorflinger estate.) Dorflinger produced his glassware in this now restored Factory from 1883 to 1921. The $5 admission is a bargain! The guided tour was excellent, conducted by the Musuem's curator, Kurt Reed, an expert on Dorflinger glass (studied Dorflinger for 40 years!), and is unbelievably knowledgeable as well as entertaining. Quoting the Dorflinger Factory Museum folder, ". . . The Dorflinger companies produced fine lead crystal table ware for U. S. Presidents, governments, and wealthy individuals during the gilded age of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries." Each is beautifully displayed throughout the extensive museum and wonderfully explained by Mr. Reed. Jim Dorflinger (who we were fortunate to meet) opened this museum some 4-years ago. He and Mr. Reed spent several years and - obviously - many dollars amassing the glassware. Every season, the glassware displayed is changed so one can only imagine the total extent of the collection. The Factory Museum not only dwarfs the glassware collection offered at the Glass Museum, but the glassware is exhibited and explained wonderfully. Definitely a MUST visit.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Allan S wrote a review Sep. 2019
New York City, New York6,080 contributions1,070 helpful votes
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Loved going through the factory museum and learning about dorflinger product and life. An absolutely incredible spot with tools and products of this glass genius. Excellent presentation by the guide who was well guided in the history. Loved learning about the history and glad it has been preserved do well. Great place to visit
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Barbara K wrote a review Aug. 2019
Groveland, Florida32 contributions11 helpful votes
We expected to spend about an hour here, but that wasn't enough time! When we arrived, we joined in on the last portion of a tour. The docent was very informative and entertaining. After a half-hour self tour, we took part in a full guided tour with a different docent who was also very informative. The afternoon went by quickly, as we learned about the Dorflinger glass making process and the different periods of glass design. The glass collection is amazing! The time spent was well worth the entrance fee of $5.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Ross A P wrote a review Jul. 2019
Fredericksburg, Virginia2,393 contributions220 helpful votes
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This is a museum that needs world exposure. We spent a week in this area just visiting some of the small towns. We would never have known about this hidden gem if we hadn't visited the area. We were so taken by the craftmanship of this crystal and learning about the different phases of the process. Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder and the beyond beautiful pieces in this museum will catch the eyes of the most uninterested. It is so saddening to see such a beautiful craft go out the window. What I found most alarming was the decrease in the detailing of design from the early years until the time that the factory closed in 1921. A visit here will give you an appreciation for the cost of crystal. We had bought some in Czech while stationed overseas and while the pieces that we bought were not cheap, it doesn't even come close to the craftmanship of this crystal. Most of the crafted people came from Europe including men and women. There is a small fee for entrance but beyond worth it. Handicap access for main floor. The bottom floor is a tribute to baseball. Nice addition to the area history.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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