My husband and I just returned from a 10 day trip to the eastern part of the US, mainly New England. It was a fabulous vacation that mixed sports, quilt shops, history and lots of lobster. One day had us traveling along in beautiful Green Mountains. It was full of beautiful nature and multiple service stations which had signs posted NO PUBLIC RESTROOMS. Yikes!
Luckily we spotted a sign for the birthplace of Calvin Coolidge. We made a beeline for the welcome center which was new and gorgeous. Some 30 plus years before I had been here so I knew him as Calvin Coolidge 30th US President and Quilter.
Yes, you read that right. Calvin Coolidge was born on the 4th of July, 1872 and ten years later he made a quilt. Isn’t that the coolest thing ever? I had always remembered that fact.
Since I had been here 3 decades ago, the physical plant had improved drastically. Inside the gorgeous full service welcome center there was a cool display to the quilt.
As you can see, he made a tumbling blocks quilt. There was a nifty plaque about it and a display of how this type of quilt is constructed.
And this was not all there was about this quilt in the gift shop. I about flipped when I saw the t-shirt which was an homage to the quilt. Can you see it there?
I loved this shirt with all my heart. Just the idea of a US President being a quilter made me sew happy but that it was celebrated was even better. However, it was the end of the season so they were out of my size.
We toured the house where he has born as well as the house where he was raised. Not only was there a really interesting introductory movie but great guides all around.
When I was here the first time, things were not as protected. My daughter even sat in a baby chair of Calvin Coolidge, that’s how loose things were. Luckily, it has really improved.
It was really fun to see the quilt. It is in his old bedroom with a shirt of his on top of it. The entire room was protected by glass.
There are lots of other interesting things to see, do and eat. I very much enjoyed the story of how when Calvin Coolidge received word that President Harding had died, his own father administered the oath of office to his son.
There is a painting of that event and a quote from the Dad. When asked why he, a notary public, felt he could swear in the next President of the United States, he replied “No one told me I couldn’t.”
I liked that anecdote as well as our visit. We were very fortunate to happen upon such a educational and fun site to visit. And there were public restrooms, phew!
Plus a President who made a quilt!
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If you enjoyed this post, I bet you would enjoy reading this one as well. It’s a short post about Abraham Lincoln and quilt, not one he made however.