Washington-on-the-Brazos Quilts at the Sam Rayburn House – North Texas e-News

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Bonham, Texas — We are excited to be one of the stops along the Bonham Quilt Hop from July 29 to July 30 of this year. For the first time at the Rayburn House, we will display five quilts from the Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site collection. The Texas Declaration of Independence was signed on March 2, 1836, at Washington-on-the-Brazos. That historic site includes the Star of the Republic Museum, Independence Hall, and Barrington Plantation.
Although the quilts we will display are not from the Texas Independence era, they are quilts from the Washington, Texas, area that date from the 1890s to the 1960s. These quilts will be displayed throughout the first floor of the Sam Rayburn House, and visitors can tour the quilt display areas for free during the Quilt Hop weekend.
We will also have a new activity for those visiting the Rayburn House – Quiltzee! Several other places around Bonham will also have quilts on display, so this event is a great time to explore not only the house of Sam Rayburn, but also the town he called home.

(L-R) Audrey Rayford and Alysha Richardson, the Site Manager at the Sam Bell Maxey House State Historic Site in Paris, examine Eva E. Gentry’s Drunkard’s Path/Feed Sack Quilt in the Guest Bedroom at the Rayburn House during last year’s Quilt Hop.


The five quilts we will have feature a range of patterns and colors. The oldest-dated quilt shows a vibrant patchwork of right triangles creating a strange combination of a bow tie and Old Tippecanoe pattern. One of the more colorful quilts includes a sunburst or rising sun pattern with cotton batting. Pops of red brighten the Carolina Lily quilt featuring appliqué stems.
The majority of the quilts utilize cotton materials, and a few were handstitched, with about eight stiches per inch of fabric. Whether you know and love the art of quilting, would like to appreciate the work of craftspeople, or want to get an idea for the world of quilting, the Bonham Quilt Hop is the place for you!
The Sam Rayburn House is located at 890 W. State Hwy 56 in Bonham, Texas. During the Quilt Hop, we will only have tours of the first-floor quilt display areas of the home, and these tours can be taken at any point from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Friday, July 29 and Saturday, July 30.
All visitors are welcome to stay awhile and explore our grounds including Sam Rayburn’s 1947 Cadillac Fleetwood, our vibrant garden, chickens, turkeys, and a barn full of surprises.

Sam Rayburn’s 1947 Cadillac Fleetwood in front of the Sam Rayburn House 2015.


For more information about the Sam Rayburn House, the Quilt Hop, or to reserve a tour of this historic home, please contact us at 903-583-5558, visit our website at www.visitsamrayburnhouse.com, or email us at sam-rayburn-house@thc.texas.gov.
For more information about the Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site, please visit their website at www.visitwashingtononthebrazos.com.

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