Hidden Treasures of Magnolia Grove continues Sept. 3

Published 12:00 am Monday, August 29, 2005

GREENSBORO-Saturday Sept. 3 residents and others passing through Greensboro will have the opportunity to partake in a special treat when Magnolia Grove offers another fun and informative lecture as part of their Hidden Treasures of Magnolia Grove.

The focus for the September event will be on a tablecloth from the Magnolia Grove collection with a deep history.

Site Director Eleanor Cunningham said they chose a specific piece to feature because of its unique origin.

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“The vintage tablecloth we will be focusing on is from British Columbia, Canada,” Cunningham said. “It is a part of our collection that we thought would be interesting because most people would not necessarily think about something like that being part of our collection.”

Cunningham said they would also use the piece to look at the family’s links throughout North America.

“We are also going to point out the family connections,” Cunningham said. “Apparently, the family living in the house had relatives in British Columbia and went to visit them, or they came here.”

The program, which is nearing its third year, has gotten a great response to their initial programs. Cunningham said they tried to keep the features fun and informative to keep people interested.

“This is a part of our Hidden Treasures Program and it is something we have had a lot of fun with,” Cunningham said. “We have been doing it for about two and a half years and I think everyone has really had a good time with it.”

Participants are also invited to bring their own tablecloths or other vintage kitchen and table linens as part of a “show and tell” session.

Magnolia Grove us a historic site of the Alabama Historical Commission. Isaac Croom built the house circa 1840. The Greek Revival style house is also the boyhood home of Spanish American War hero and progressive statesman Richard Pearson Hobson.

Magnolia Grove is located at 1002 Hobson St. in Greensboro’s historic district. For more information call Cunningham at (334) 624-8618.