Stitching Together a Community’s History: The Friendship Quilt and the Miracle at Pines Chapel Presbyterian Church
The story of how a friendship quilt helped build a small country church in 1952 and the subsequent homecoming of that quilt in September of 2017 is the topic of the Thursday, November 16, Stuart Talk presented by Nancy Sorrells at the R.R. Smith Center for History and Art at 7 p.m. She will present an illustrated lecture “Stitching Together a Community’s History: The Friendship Quilt and the Miracle at Pines Chapel Presbyterian Church” in the second-floor lecture room that evening. The event is free and open to the public.
Pines Chapel Presbyterian Church started in the Cold Springs area of southeastern Augusta County during the late 1800s. By 1950, the country chapel had outgrown its frame church connected to an old public school building and needed a new building. Reverend Murphy Williams asked Presbytery for a $5,000 Challenge Fund grant to help build a new church.
The award came with the stipulation that the congregation matches that amount. The community accepted the challenge and raised the money. One of the most successful fundraisers was a friendship quilt project undertaken by the women of the church. For a small sum, people could put their names or names of loved ones on the quilt. The 20-square quilt, which eventually contained hundreds of names, was then auctioned off to further raise money.
Free and open to the public.