This 1976 quilt, with 34 squares depicting town scenes, was created by 29 Jefferson women for the U.S. Bicentennial celebration. Submitted photo

A quilt with 34 squares depicting Jefferson scenes from 1976, created for the U.S. Bicentennial celebration by 29 Jefferson women, will be one of many exhibits telling the story of the town’s history during an open house this weekend.

The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Old Jefferson Town House at 7 Gardiner Road.

Two floors of the building are handicapped accessible.

The quilt was first displayed July 8, 1976, at the society open house. Josie Manahan led the group of ladies, including Flora Arnold, Arolyn Antognoni, Ruth Bond, Esther Carleton, Florence Fahbusch, Consuelo Hanks, Virginia Hodgkins, Gertrude Hodgkins, Joanne Hoffman, Gladys Johnston and Josie Manahan, according to a news release from the Jefferson Historical Society.

Also taking part were Rose Nash, Frances Paul, Irene Pratt, Rebecca Preston, Cindy Rocknak, Rosa Sinclair, Schee Anderson, Marge Teel, Carol Weatherhead, Bernice Wilder, Brenda Williams, Elizabeth Williamson, Frances Williamson, Louise Williamson, Sue Wilson, Catherine Wise, Edna Wren, Carolyn Wright and Barbara Zucchi.

The quilt was exhibited for a month at the Bath Savings Bank as well as at the Maine State Museum in 1976-77.


Sept. 10 will be the last time in 2022 that the Old Jefferson Town House will be open to public. In addition to the quilt, there will be photographs, documents, tools, household items and handwork.

For more information, call 207-549-5258 or 207-549-5592.



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