Monday, April 1, 2013

A History Class


Hi everyone - I just returned from a family visit 'back east'... to visit my 90 year old mom who just moved into a new, downsized house... she continues to be independent and capable of managing her life, which is fabulous - drives where she wants to go... and is as stubborn and opinionated as ever!  My grandmother lived til 99 - so I hope those good genes have been passed on to me...

She lives in central North Carolina, which used to be the King of Textile country, so one afternoon during a drive, we happened upon this:  

It was just a sign:  Textile Heritage Museum

I did a U-Turn, and off we went...

waaaa............ IT WAS CLOSED...

But a little sign said - "if you are from out of town, we can open the museum on other hours for you" -

and there were people working inside - so THEY OPENED IT UP !!!!

What a wonderful trip down cloth memory lane... 

It is in Glencoe, North Carolina, near Burlington, home of many famous mills... all closed an abandoned now..............

The Museum is in what used to be the Town Store - selling supplies for the workers.
The Glencoe Mill was a huge mill, tremendously productive til it shut in the 1960s or so... 
If ever you are in the neighborhood - -  it's a fabulous place...

 A wedding dress made from a WW II parachute... no other fancy cloth was available.  The story says the groom continued to fly after the wedding with an empty parachute!!!!
 I WANT a loom like this - oh good grief where would I put it??
 Cloth for wars.............
 and, it's lovely tree season in North Carolina !!  These are glorious redbud trees.

It was great to see the old textile industry - sad to see it all shuttered and closed...  and nice to visit with my mom... and EVEN BETTER TO FLY HOME LAST NIGHT!!

Holiday today in California for Cesar Chavez day - so I can alternate sewing and doing taxes!!!!!
I best set a timer or the tax time will be shortchanged!

Kate



























1 comment:

Sara said...

90 yrs old!! Good for her:)

I am in NC and pretty sure that isn't too far away. I may have to check out that museum!

Thanks for sharing and good to hear you enjoyed your visit with your mom.

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