New Acquisition: Presentation Quilt Made by the Ladies Aid Society, Killingworth, 1852
This is a hand stitched, patchwork quilt made by the Ladies Sewing Society in Killingworth. It was the only Women’s organization at the time and raised considerable funds for beautification and maintenance of the Congregational church building. It bears an inscription “Presented to Mrs Hiram Bell by the Ladies whose names are hereon inserted. Killingworth Jan 1st 1852.” The Rev. Hiram Bell became pastor of the Congregational Church in 1850. The quilt was most likely made as a welcoming gift for his wife. The quilt has the names of those who made the quilt. These names – Griswold, Lane, Kelsey, Parmelee, Nettleton, and others - represent many of the prominent families in Killingworth at the time. The quilt is in excellent condition noting that a few of the names are faint. The quilt was obtained from Barbara Murray, Vista, California.
A Walk Down Memory Lane June 8, 7:00 p.m.
Take a walk down memory lane with the Killingworth Historical Society and several long-time residents when we reminisce about life in town "way back when." What was it like to attend a one-room school? How were firemen alerted to fire calls before there were pagers and cell phones? Who were the Church Mice Quilters? Come listen and participate, too, on some interesting Killingworth history trivia.
Refreshments will be served followed by tours of the church. This fun evening is free and open to all. Join us at the Congregational Church Hall (Route 81) at 7:00 p.m.
Parmelee Farmhouse open during summer Farm Market days
The Historical Society will be exhibiting items from our collection in the Parmelee Farmhouse during the Farm Market days; June 10, July 8, August 12, and September 9. The farmhouse will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Long-time residents will be on hand to answer questions and share stories about their memories of town.