Wednesday, August 13, 2008

A & S Machine Shop aka Armington & Sims Shop & Foundry

Housed with functional authentic machinery powered by leather belts attached to an overhead line shaft from the company's Rhode Island plant, this replica of the original 19th century machine shop was built in Greenfield in 1928-29. It is typical of the plants constructed in the 1870's and '80's. It was during the 1880's that the workers here manufactured high-speed steam engines for the Edison Illuminating Companies.Other original Armington and Sims equipment includes drawing tables, desks, tools, safes, and hand presses.At one time, Greenfield Village craftsmen used this building for the restoration of antique machinery.


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