Sunday, April 13, 2014

Piedmont Heritage Sampler Guild Road Trip

Hello Friends!
   I hope that you are enjoying some wonderful spring weather. It has been a gorgeous weekend here in North Carolina. 
   Yesterday day the weather was perfect for the sampler guild's annual road trip. This year we headed to Mordecai Park in Raliegh, NC.
This is the Mordecai house that is the centerpiece of the park. It is the oldest house in Raliegh on it's original foundation. The oldest part of the house dates from 1785 and was part of a 5,000 acre plantation.
   During the tour we got to see some samplers and other textiles. The Mordecai family also had a girls school in Warrenton, NC. And the samplers that we saw were probably stitched there.
The Nancy Jhonson sampler that I have been stitching is from the collection here at the Mordecai house. We actually got to pass this sweet sampler around. It makes my connection with the sampler that I am stitching even more special. I am looking forward to adding her to my group of Carolina samplers that I have stitched.
At the park the also have other structures that have been moved to the park for preservation. This is Andrew Johnson's( the 17th US president)birthplace.  It is so nice to have a group picture of the guild.
  After the park tour we hopped on the trolley for a tour of downtown Raliegh.
All aboard!
I love this type of tour. I think that it really gives you a great overview of the city.
So then after the tour it was time for lunch. What a nice day to sit outside to eat. I had the beet, lettuce and tomato sandwich with creme fraiche. It was very yum! 
Then we headed over to Ornamentea for some retail therapy. What a neat store.
If I lived nearby I would definitely take some of the fabulous jewelry making classes that they offer.
Here is a peek inside the shop.
 What a great day to discover and learn about Raliegh. I need to spend some more time here.
  Thanks for traveling along on the road trip with me!

I am heading out to get my weekend errands done!



Krista said...

Wow, what a fun time! How nice to see the original sampler you are working on. That sandwich looks real yum, beets are my fave!

Meari said...

What a fun time! I really enjoy "going" on these trips with you. Thanks for taking us :)

moosecraft said...

Looks like a beautiful day! I find it fascinating (and commendable) that the Mordecai House is still on it's original foundation some 200 plus years later! Specifically because most of the new builds around here start to fall apart within a year of construction. Gives a whole knew meaning to the saying "Amateurs built the Ark and "professionals" built the Titanic"... lol! Have a Happy Spring!

Julie said...

Thanks for sharing your trip Chris, looks a lovely bunch of ladies.

Beth said...

What a wonderful trip Chris. Awesome you got to see the original sampler!

marly said...

Those two houses are perfect. Looks like you had perfect weather for a fun trip. I am heading over to Em-Li's to look up that sampler!

cucki said...

Wow very sweet trip and all your friends are looking so lovely together :)
Hugs x

Ann at Beadlework. said...

I love taking a trip with you, it's always fun:-) I wish we were having the weather you've currently got - it's still cold and damp here in Scotland:-(

Kaisievic said...

Your trip looks like so much fun - thank you for sharing! Love the trolley ride.

Cindy's Stitching said...

Looks awesome chris

diamondc said...

Chris: Wow what a great day trip thank-you for sharing the history with us, love the beet sandwich I a always have beets in the pantry yummy.


Margaret said...

Looks like such a fun trip! I've never been to your part of the country, so I always enjoy seeing everything!

Barb said...

I always enjoy your road trips!! They are such fun!

Shirlee said...

What a great road trip!

Vickie said...

What a wonderful,sunny outing!

Carol said...

A perfect road trip with your stitching friends!! I love trolley tours of cities, too. We took one in Asheville that was so enjoyable two years ago :)

Simply Victoria said...

Looks like a great day with your guild.

Brigitte said...

What an interesting trip this must have been. Thanks for sharing.