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This is a blog to show off my needlework, mainly crazy quilting, beading and crochet. It makes me happy to create these things and even more happy to share the fun with friends. Pictures of my beading projects are at

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Surprised by needlework on a family reunion tour

This weekend I was in High Point, North Carolina for a reunion of the Mendenhall Family Association. When I was actively doing family research, I followed the line of my great-grandmother, Sarah Ann Mendenhall Mount, and found other Mendenhall researchers. I was a charter member of the Association when it formed and have attended all seven reunions held.

The Mendenhall's were among the first to buy property from William Penn in his new American land grant named Pennsylvania. Four siblings, John, Benjamin, Margary (Martin) and Mary (Newlin) moved there in 1684. I'm descended from John and his grandson James, who in 1862 moved to Guilford County, North Carolina, where many Pennsylvania Quakers migrated and settled. They were millers, farmers and very active in education. The little town of Jamestown near High Point was named for James. His grandson Richard built a plantation house there which is on the register of historic places and was on our reunion tour, along with three local Quaker meeting houses and Guilford College.

Okay, I'm getting to the needlework. There is a tiny little museum at the plantation containing some artifacts of the time period (late 1700s-early 1800s). First thing that caught my eye was this stunning dress.

I don't know if this was worn by Quakers; they did sometimes dress less plainly than commonly thought, but this is very "not plain." Here are some close ups of the lace and embroidery trim.
The pretty coverlet is in a case.
In another building on the site, there was a poster display about Quaker dress, which had these two interesting photos.
We then moved on to the Springfield Meeting House which maintains a larger museum of period artifacts. Here is a Quaker wedding dress.
Plain, but lovely. And there are these two other examples of nice needlework in the museum.

What fun to find such unexpected and lovely needlework on a family history tour. 

1 comment:

  1. I enjoyed hearing about your trip Bobbi and seeing your needlework eye candy. I'm impressed that you know so much of your family history. I wish someone in our family would get the genetic bug...maybe it will be me one day...for right now, the whole idea of it overwhelms me. I miss seeing you since I haven't been able to make our gatherings. It's a busy time as Jack is applying to colleges. Hopefully I'll see you in November. Keep on truckin'!