Recently restored 1871 wedding dress of Margaret Netherland Stamps, granddaughter of Richard and Margaret Woods Netherland. Photos by David Grace.
Netherland Inn volunteers Nora Bailey and Janet Gillenwater collect quilts for the Netherland Inn Heritage Quilt Show that opens Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
For a $5, guests can tour the entire historic property, including the newly opened Museum of Pioneer Transportation, housing handmade heritage quilts and lap robes, some of which predate the Civil War.
Heritage quilts over 50 years old from the Netherland Inn collection will also be on display, including one of the Netherland family quilts, which were found under the floorboards of the attic during the renovation of the historic property.
Also featured is the Gray family quilt, given to the Inn in 2011 and handmade by Nancy McClain Gray in the early 1800’s. Mrs. Gray wove the quilt top and backing from flax grown on the family’s Hawkins County farm.
Also on display is a recently restored 1871 wedding dress of Margaret Netherland Stamps, granddaughter of Richard and Margaret Woods Netherland.
A soup bean and cornbread or hot dog lunch with dessert and a drink will be available for $5. Visitors can also obtain information about the Downtown Kingsport Quilt Trail and the Appalachian Quilt Trail. The event also features artisans and craft demonstrations by skilled interpreters on the green.