The Estey Organ Company in Brattleboro, Vermont

For a century the Estey Organ Company in Brattleboro, Vermont was the largest Organ (music) manufacturer in the United States. In 1852 Jacob Estey founded the company and bought out another Brattleboro manufacturing business. At its peak, the company employed more than 500 people, and sold its high-quality items as far away as Africa, Great Britain, Australia, and New Zealand. Estey built around 500,000 to 520,000 pump organs between 1846 and 1955. Estey also produced pianos, made by the Estey Piano Company in New York City.
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  1. These old buildings are still there.

  2. My Dad worked there at the very end of their being in business, organizing and doing inventory type work in preparation for their sad, he even purchased an organ which I enjoyed until it burned up in a fire years later…..

  3. Interesting, I didn’t know this. Learned something new today. Thanks for posting.

  4. If the parking lot wasn’t full of cars when I went by, I would have stopped and taken more pictures.

  5. I *think* the lady at The Rockingham Meetinghouse said they still have one.

  6. My grandfather worked there for years

  7. That must have been really cool to see how they were made.

  8. Estey organ currently on display at the Newark History Museum in Newark, Delaware. Originally from Otts Chapel in Newark, Delaware.

  9. Wow. I need to dig through my archives and see if their is one of those organs in that castle near Proctor (VT)

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