Thursday, March 28, 2013


Hayesville, North Carolina is celebrating its centennial this year (2013).  A historical exhibit was displayed in the old Town and Country Drugstore Building.

A display of clothing made from feed sacks is included in this exhibit.

This rag doll and pillow were made from feed sack fabrics.

A child's nightgown was made from feedsacks.

It took three feed sacks to make a lady's dress, but could take more depending on the size and pattern.

An old Singer sewing machine is pictured.

A collection of thread.

Penny Rugs were made by rural American women in the 1800's.  Also called button or spool rugs, named after the template (pennies, buttons, or a spool), that were used for the size of a circle.

The Penny Rugs were not used on the floor, but on tables or other furniture.  The term "rug or rugg," was meant as coverlets for beds.  We do not know when "rug" was referred to floor covering.

Women who mde these rugs wanted to brighten their homes using scrapes of material. 

Pennies are graduated circles sewn on top of each other with the blanket stitch.  Circles weren't the only designs used.  Birds, trees, animals, stars, and flowers were used everyday.

Penny Rugs with circles were made around the end of the Civil War and more ornate Penny Rugs were made throughout the Victorian era.

In the early 1900's, textile factories emerged and Penny Rugs took a back seat to factory made items.

A pioneer kitchen.

Dr. Staton was a country doctor who practiced medicine for years in this area. He made house calls.

There was a railroad in the early 1900's in Hayesville that hauled timber and goods to the city.

A display about Hayesville High School is included in the Hayesville Centennial Exhibit.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Brenda, what a wonderful, nostalgic post and photos! I vaguely remember the feedsacks (I am a baby boomer), but my mother always told me how pretty they were. In my view, things are so boring and not nearly as attractive as they were "back in the day." Thank you so much for sharing.