For generations, the Stanley family (which settled by the early 1800s in Kingfield, Maine) exemplified the creativity and hard work that became known as “Yankee ingenuity.” Liberty Stanley (paternal grandfather of twins F.E. and F.O. Stanley) invented a machine for carding wool in 1803 and taught his grandsons how to carve concert-quality violins by the time they were 10. The boys’ father, uncles and brother were also widely admired for their superior craftsmanship and creativity.

The Stanley Homestead

The Stanley homestead, birthplace of F.E. and F.O. Stanley, in Kingfield, Maine. (Stanley Museum Archives)