The Missing Link – Socks, Monkeys, and Rockford’s Industrial Past

Sock Monkey Exhibit

The Iconic Sock Monkey…
and it ALL Started Here.

Sock Monkey HugCome monkey around and enjoy sock monkeys, red-heeled socks, and stories about the sock knitting industry in Rockford from its beginnings in the 1870s until its end in the 1990s.

See the original patent for both the red heeled sock and the sock monkey along with the sock monkey used in the patent litigation that won Rockford its “Home of the Sock Monkey” title.  This exhibit houses a diverse and unique collection of sock monkeys including Nelson, our seven foot sock monkey.

Be sure to visit the Museum for the Sock Monkey Madness Festival as well, held each March.  See our Events page for more information.

For more information on the history of the sock monkey and the Nelson Knitting Company that made the red-heeled sock, download our Sock Monkey research packet…

Sock Monkey Resource Packet, 46 pages, 5.45 MB

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How to Get Here

Take I-90 to the State St / US-20 Business (Clock Tower) Exit. Take the ramp toward Rockford. Stay straight to go onto US-20 E State St. Turn RIGHT onto STATE ST. Turn RIGHT onto PERRYVILLE RD. Turn LEFT onto GUILFORD RD. Turn left into the museum driveway.

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Midway Village Museum
6799 Guilford Road
Rockford IL 61107

P 815-397-9112
F 815-397-9156