Museum Village was the vision of Roscoe William Smith, an electrical engineer, entrepreneur, philanthropist and collector who contributed
to his native Orange County in many ways during his 99 years. Roscoe made his fortune as founder of the Orange and Rockland electric company in 1905.
The wealth he generated from his successful company and investments allowed him to give back to the community in many ways.
Probably Mr. Smith's most cherished gift to the local community was Museum Village of Old Smith's Clove.
Mr. Smith was passionate about American history and was an avid collector of Americana.
His collection varied widely, from textiles and porcelain items to horse-drawn carriages.
His main interest, was in craft tools and mechanical devices: their invention, adaptation and development which he realized were slowly disappearing.