American Precision Museum, Windsor
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Very small, located in a miniature portion of what used to be the most important Vermont designer/ manufacturer of precision instruments for firearms, this is now a pathetic little space with faint tr... read more »
This little museum tucked in Windsor had such an impact on American history - it's hard to overstate just how much. The exhibits are always thoughtful and interesting; they're geared towards everybody... read more »
I have been to windsor vt. Many times and have passed this museum many times not thinking much about it.. was in town with the wife and decided to stop in.. as a trained machinist and mechanic, but no... read more »
This is the birthplace of the American industrial revolution. Major advancement in manufacturing. This was like the Silicon Valley of its time. Vermont invented the process of "Repeatable interchangeable parts". This was a significant help in the Civil War.
If you are interested in history of technology, the American Precision Museum is a little jewel. Windsor Vermont is the place were some of the world's first high volume, truly interchangeable, machined parts were manufactured. Machinery to do this was invented, developed and manufactured here, and sold both nationally and internationally, notably to Britain. In the middle of the 19th Century Vermont and New England led the world in mechanical innovation. Initially the tools were powered by a water wheel, and the light was that which came in through the windows. The phrase "Yankee ingenuity" refers to the kind of innovation in mechanical design, metal working and industrial arts which emerged here. The American Precision Museum was founded by a curator for the Smithsonian, in one of the factories where the repeatability and accuracy in the production of machined parts, in order to permit full inter-changeability of high-volume mechanical assemblies, was first achieved. Full interchangeability of components was unknown before this. The advantage was so profound that manufacturing was changed from a craft to a science. And volume production would be forever different. The examples which have found a home here are rather amazing. Among them are the fifty miniature machine tools models which were the life work of the tool maker John Aschauer. I first viewed these as a child of perhaps eight years old, when they were at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. Somehow they have found a home here, along with serial number one of the Bridgeport milling machine, and other significant examples of the formidable machine tool industry, when American machine tools were broadly preferred for their accuracy and their durability.
It's a must see if visiting the Windsor area.And if u like the civil war its a great place to learn how much it helped the north in the 1860's with gun production
It is open daily from Memorial Day weekend through October. Only!
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