Packood’s Next Quilt Exhibit Is Tentatively Scheduled for Summer 2019
Packwood House Museum is fortunate to be the home of one of the area’s best collections of antique Pennsylvania quilts. Thanks to the foresight of Museum founder Edith Fetherston and local collector Robert Glover Shoemaker, the Museum hosts over 250 unique and colorful antique quilts, most of them dating from the mid-19th to the early-20th centuries. In recent years the Museum has hosted two magnificent quilt exhibits featuring significant portions of the collection.
Please note: The photos below were taken during past quilt exhibits and feature quilts that are no longer on display. To view quilts outside of the standard house tour (showcasing about one dozen quilts), please call ahead to make arrangements with Museum staff at least one month before your visit. This special “Quilt Tour” features an hour-long close-up look at a selection of our quilts that are not on display, accompanied by a discussion with our quilt expert. Extra charges apply. This tour is only available from mid-April through November.
The Packwood House Museum has an outstanding collection of more than 200 Pennsylvania quilts that date from 1813 through the 1930s. Most of this fabulous collection was donated to the museum by the late Robert Glover Shoemaker, a local antiques dealer who loved Pennsylvania quilts. Packwood’s 2009 exhibit, “Pennsylvania Quilts: Studies in Color,” shown here in the Kelly Gallery, featured approximately 40 quilts that demonstrate the transition from early English to late Pennsylvania German aesthetics.
The most recent exhibit in Packwood’s series of quilt shows, 2012’s “Pennsylvania Quilts II” examined the collection based on patterns, including stars, squares, rectangles, triangles, curves, flowers, and one-patch patterns. The Kelly Gallery featured more than 30 quilts and included in-depth discussions on each of the variations shown, with an additional 50 quilts artfully displayed throughout the historic house museum.