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"Old tools still work... but require muscle"

- Arnold Zlotoff

The Arnold Zlotoff Tool Musuem

The Arnold Zlotoff Tool Museum collection includes 3,000 pieces originating from the colonial period in the Northeastern United States. The collection encompasses a vast variety of trades, industries, and applications. It was effectively the result of the passion of one man, Arnold Zlotoff.

Arnold was a New York City school teacher of Industrial Arts and a skilled mechanic, thereby developing his interest in tools. He was impressed by the craftsmanship and ingenuity of the early Americans, many of whom fashioned tools themselves. Others would collaborate with local blacksmiths, who would serve as tool makers. He began collecting in the late 1940s, when he returned to study teaching, after serving two years in the United States Army.

He continued to collect into the early 1980’s, when the space limitations of his residence prohibited further acquisitions. Various options were discussed as to the ultimate disposition of the collection amongst him and his sons. Just prior to his death he elected to keep the collection intact and leave it to his eldest son to determine its future.

The family encountered the opportunity to purchase and rebuild a 19th-century barn to create the Arnold Zlotoff Tool Museum. It is now in place with the tools fully displayed in South Hero, Vermont, on beautiful Lake Champlain.

Situated on the grounds of Apple Island Resort in South Hero, Vermont, right off US Route 2. Admission is Free. For additional information and special events contact us or get directions here.

July 1956

Popular Science Magazine

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Over 3,000 pieces to explore


We’re open on Saturdays between
May 25th and October 12th.

10am - 4pm

Most people spend about an hour here when they visit.

Free Admission

That’s right, free admission with an email address!