Drake House Museum in Plainfield, New Jersey, to Show Their Quilt Collection January 24 – February 28, 2010

 The Drake House Museum will be showing twelve of their quilts dated from 1777 to 1915.  The exhibit is called: “Stitches in Time – American Quilts 1777 – 1915.”

Twelve quilts dating from 1777 to 1915  from the Drake House Museum’s Quilt Collection will be on exhibition Sunday, January 24th,  through February 28th, 2010.  The Museum is located in Plainfield, New Jersy.

“Excellent examples of signature, album, friendship and crazy quilts, as well as rare challis wool pieces, will be on display.  The highlight of the exhibit is The Tree of Life Quilt which is the oldest quilt in the Historical Society of Plainfield’s collection.  It has been referred to by experts as being one of the finest caliber quilts of its era.  It was completed in 1777, the summer in which General George Washington used the Drake Farm House as his temporary headquarters.  It was quilted by the daughter of John Hart, the oldest signer of the Declaration of Independence (one of five signers from New Jersey).  The Hart’s were farmers from Hopewell with thirteen children.  They were forced to live in caves during the British invasion of the region.  Meanwhile their farm was raided and their cattle were slaughtered.” …excerpt from the web site.

 See this site for additional info: http://drakehousemuseum.tripod.com

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