Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Historic Home and Quilts

Last Sunday was the Livingston Historical Society's Christmas Tea at the Force Homestead Museum. 


The original house (center section) was built by Theophilus Ward in 1745 and consisted of one large room both downstairs and upstairs. In 1777 Samuel Force, a French Huguenot, purchased the house for his son, Thomas (b. 1758), who served in the Revolutionary War and was a prisoner of war on the British ship "Jersey." Thomas and his wife, Hannah Smith, moved into the house after the war and had ten children.

Every year the historical society decorates the downstairs with fresh-cut greens and fruit.

My favorite room is the "blue bedroom" with its calimanco (glazed wool) spread.   

My friend, Renee, and I tried taking some detailed pics but it was really difficult to capture the color.   

Most turned out silvery-gray instead. We couldn't figure it out.

In any case the quilting is quite beautiful. The center looks like a pineapple. 

And along the edge is a lovely vine.

There were several other quilts displayed on chairs.

 A Friendship Star variation with a thick batting.

A silk Log Cabin. 

And a chintz star with toile setting squares. 

On the way out I took this pic in the buttery where many of my milk bottles reside :) 

The most recent project at the house was total reorganization and labeling of all the tools in the barn by a young man who was earning his Eagle Scout badge. He did an outstanding job!

Hope you have a wonderful week!

Copyright 2017, Barbara Schaffer


  1. OOOH! Love the toile! Looks like a wonderful place to visit.

  2. What beautiful quilting. Visiting these historical homes is always interesting. Your milk bottles must have been a donation at one time?

  3. Thank you for sharing Barb ! These quilts are beautiful !

  4. what a wonderful visit to a historical home. It is one of my favorite things to do.
    be still my heart with that R&W toile! fabulous.
    yes, the scout did a great job and what a great community project too.

  5. gorgeous texture on the quilt - perhaps the shading difference was due to close ups taken with camera & too much exposure/flash? You have some lovely images and thank you for sharing them. One of the things I miss about living on the east coast is the opportunity to visit the many early historic homes and seeing the use of natural fruits and greens. I can smell the clove studded oranges!!

  6. I love historical homes and the displays this time of year are often fantastic. I love that whole cloth indigo quilt. They are among my favorites. Thanks for sharing.

  7. I love historic homes! This one is lovely!