Places To Visit -
- Weaving Related
Conner Prairie -Living History Museum
North & East of Indianapolis
Conner Prairie is a large, open-air living history museum, in the 1800's time period. Among the many things to see is the weaving house.
Set aside a minimum of 3 or 4 hours to visit Conner Prairie.
On site resturant, etc. See website for more information.
New Harmony, IN (south western Indiana)
Connie Weinzapfel, Director
P.O. Box 579, New Harmony, IN 47631
For information: 1-800-231-2168
Hours: March 15-December 30, daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Other times, call for hours.
New Harmony is the site of two of America's great utopian communities. The first, Harmonie on the Wabash (1814-1824), was founded by the Harmony Society, a group of Separatists from the German Lutheran Church. In 1814, led by their charismatic leader Johann Georg Rapp, they left their first American home, Harmonie, PA.
This is a very interesting place, however it may not be strictly weaving related. I visited it a few years ago, before I started weaving, and I don't remember if they had looms set up or not.
Mitchell, IN (southern Indiana)
Spring Mill State Park
Mitchell, IN 47446
Pioneer Village and Grist Mill. The mill is water powered and functioning. The village has a working weavers' cabin. Plenty to keep you busy. Resturant, rental cabins, camping, etc. etc...
Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum
523 W. Water Street
P.O. Box 379
Decorah, IA 52101
Phone: (563) 382-9681
I have been to a weaving conference held at the museum and the museum alone is worth a visit. There are many looms, weaving equipment and displays as well as woven items on display.
Tate Little Loom House
Little Loom House
Louisville, Kentucky 40209 USA
!! When I was there a few years ago, it was staffed by volunteers. So, contact them ahead of time to confirm hours of operation.
If you've never been to the Little Loomhouse in Louisville's South End, you need to go. And if you have been, it's always worth a second trip. The house is at the historic site on Kenwood Hill, the former home of master weaver and textile historian Lou Tate. There are historic loom displays, weavers at work and a history exhibition about Tate.
Berea College and Numerous Weaving shops
Craft shops, Resturants, (everything!)
Churchill Weavers (Don't miss this self guided tour !!)
P.O. Box 39 • Berea,KY
Located 35 miles south of Lexington on I-75, where the bluegrass meets the mountains.
Plan to spend several hours to a full day. Lots to see.
!! Also close to Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill.
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
3501 Lexington Road
Harrodsburg, KY 40330
Phone: (800) 734-5611
Located 25 miles southwest of Lexington and seven miles east of Harrodsburg, Kentucky on US-68, ShakerVillage is open to the public every day of the year except December 24-25.
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill is the largest historic community of its kind in America. Visitors to this National Historic Landmark enjoy a wide variety of activities, including self-guided tours, riverboat excursions and special events. The village also offers two craft stores, meeting facilities, as well as fine dining and overnight accommodations in restored 19th-century buildings.
Lowell National Historical Park (National Park Service)
The textile museum complex in Lowell, Massachusetts, is incredible. There's a textile history museum plus an old cotton mill with looms and exhibits of the history and technology of the textile industry in Lowell. There's a exhibit at the textile history museum going on now that profiles important textile artists. Also the town of Lowell itself has been refurbished (beautiful old Victorian architecture) plus six miles of water canals that drove the turbines that drove the looms.
The ATHM American Textile History Museum
491 Dutton Street
Lowell, MA 01854
I love to see a weaver's (or spinner's) jaw drop when s/he walks into the foyer!
St. Louis, MO Area
Start early and get to the north side of St Louis around noon. The
Weaving Department at Myers House is at I-270 and Hanley Rd. Lovely yarns, lovely people (just good friends<gg>)
Then in back of the historic Myers House is the Barn restaurant. Soups, salads, sandwiches, teas--just a really nice place.
Cynthia in Alton, IL
Home Textile Tool Museum
For more information write to:
The Home Textile Tool Museum
PO Box 153
Rome, PA 18837
Located in Northeastern Pennsylvania, in Bradford County, in the village of Orwell:
- Two miles off Rt. 187, between North Orwell and Rome,
on State Route 1036.
- 12 miles south of Exit 62 to Nichols, N.Y.,
on Route 17 in New York State. (future I-86)
- Ten miles north of Scenic Route 6 at Wysox, Pa, off Route 187.
If you love the old looms and wheels this is worth the trip. It took us 5.5 hours to get there, but we were not disappointed. On hand were at least seven looms, five of which were barn looms of various styles, a Newcomb fly shuttle loom (which I have only heard about until now) and a Union Special....ditto. A German loom of grand style beyond your imagination with hand forged
The Textile Museum
The Textile Museum in Washington DC is well known for its rugs, but also has great exhibits. Peter Collingwood was there a few years ago. It's near DuPont Circle for the Metro. (Parking there is terrible).
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