Virginia Beach Historic Houses Program Offers Rare Glimpse into Appalachia

Monday, April 14, 2014

(Virginia Beach, VA)- Textile scholar and Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Fellow Kathleen Curtis Wilson will present her groundbreaking work “An Enslaved Woman and her Dressmaker Daughter, Bath County, Virginia” at the Colonial Education Center at the Lynnhaven House on April 23 at 6 p.m.  Admission is $7.50. 

The story of the enslaved woman, Ann Crawford, and Elizabeth “Lizzie” Morris Bolden, her dressmaker daughter, of Bath County, Va., is as intriguing as it is historical. Through visual images of the women, their families, and the quilts that have survived for five generations, Wilson will weave an account of two women who led simple lives of distinction. Because 19th century textiles with an African American provenance are extremely rare nationwide and unknown in Appalachia, the existence of Bolden’s handwork and photographs of the maker that remain in the family-of-origin is an extraordinary discovery. Perlista Henry, Bolden’s great-granddaughter and current owner of the quilts, will accompany Wilson to talk about her unique family history. 

The Lynnhaven House is one of the oldest surviving colonial homes in Virginia, dating to circa 1725. The Colonial Education Center is located at 4409 Wishart Road in Virginia Beach.  Call 460-7109 visit or for more information.

About the Virginia Beach Historic Houses:
The Virginia Beach Historic Houses include the Francis Land House, Adam Thoroughgood House, and Lynnhaven House. Along with the Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School Museum, the historic houses are owned and operated by the City of Virginia Beach Department of Museums. The Department of Museums provides stewardship of the City’s historic resources as well as programs to educate the community about local history.

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