The Historic Columbia Foundation rings in the New Year with an exhibit guaranteed to please visitors generally interested in history but specifically intrigued by antique textiles. Patchworks of History: The Quilts of Historic Columbia Foundation will be on display from Friday, January 25 until March 17 within the Robert Mills House.
This much-anticipated temporary show highlights five of the Foundation’s fifty-two handmade works of art, featuring brilliant colors and pattern names such as Rainbow Tile, Lily of the Valley, and Anvil. These 19th-century treasures illustrate the craftsmanship of their makers as well as the availability of domestic and imported fabrics within our state during the 1820s through 1880s.
The exhibit will be part of the regular tour of the Robert Mills House and will be included in the regular admission price. The Robert Mills House was the first historic house of the Historic Columbia Foundation. Built in 1823, it was supposed to be the residence of local merchant Ainsley Hall. Hall died while the house was under construction and it was never used as a private home. For almost 100 years, from the 1830s to the 1920s, it was the Columbia Theological Seminary. It then served as a boarding school for missionary children and then the Columbia Bible College, the forerunner of Columbia International University.
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