Colonial Williamsburg offers historic textile symposium

One of the items on my “To do before I die” list is a visit to Colonial Williamsburg. I won’t make it this year, but we’ll definitely go while our daughter is still young enough to be impressed (and want to learn more) about the history of our relatively-young nation.

If you’re lucky enough to be in the Williamsburg area this fall, you may be interested in this:

On Sep. 20-22, Colonial Williamsburg is hosting a symposium entitled “A Very Large Curious & Compleat Assortment’: Textiles for Interiors, 1730-1830.

Annabel Westman of Historic Furnishing Textiles of London, England, will give the keynote address.
Other presentations include:

Agreeable to your liking: Dressing up the House in Early America by scholar and author Elisabeth Garrett Widmer

Modern ideas of comfort: Textile floor-coverings in England, 1730-1830, by independent scholar Anthony Wells Cole

Gathering the threads: Unraveling interiors and textile sources, by Lynne Dakin Hastings, VP of museum operations at The Montpelier Foundation
Textile for Interiors 2009 Symposium registration is open to the general public.

For more information, visit

Meanwhile, if you’re from the area or have been there, what are some of the “can’t miss” sites and experiences? Feel free to post a reply here on the blog.


— Posted by Karen Knapstein