Poke around in one attic and you never know what you will find. Poke around in five attics and things get really interesting. Over the past long winter, the Henry Whitfield State Museum, Hyland House Museum, Medad Stone Tavern Museum, Thomas Griswold House Museum, and The Dudley Farm Museum searched their collections for unique and interesting quilts. The result is a special town-wide exhibit. Visit Guilford’s five history museums during regular hours in July 2015 and marvel at quilts ranging from the 18th to the 20th centuries that literally weave the stories of the past and the people with this venerable craft and art form. Check individual sites for admission, hours, and special events throughout the month-long exhibit.
With colorful names like Calamanco, One Patch, Carolina Lily, Queen Victoria’s Crown, and Crazy Quilts, and fabrics as diverse as linen, cotton, and wool, quilts were utilitarian in use but illustrate the agrarian, social, economic, and cultural life of families and communities. Displayed in period room settings, the quilts and coverlets help breathe life into the spaces that Guilford residents lived in from the early 17th century through World War II.