National Museum of the American Coverlet, Bedford

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  • Found flyer on this museum at dinner and remembered seeing something in another tourist book. Decided to go see. Oh how glad we were. Spent almost two hours viewing this magnificent display of woven c...  more »
  • This Museum, housed in a beautiful old school built in the 1800s, is such a gem. American Coverlets are a little known but outstanding example of early American craftsmanship. These coverlets that are...  more »
  • Fascinating information engagingly presented about a subject many would find boring. The owner/curator husband & wife team offer an in-depth history of this art that is seen nowhere else in America. A...  more »
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  • This place is fascinating! I seek out the odd and obscure when I travel, but often museums on weirdly specific subjects can be just collections without explanation or off-the-wall ideas built to attract tourists. Not so with this. This is an actual museum with four rooms of exhibits, located in the old Bedford school building, which is of historic interest itself. The woman who runs the non-profit is incredibly knowledgable about the provenance of coverlets, the regional variations, the weaving techniques, the dyeing, and anything else you could think to ask. She's also incredibly dedicated, keeping the museum open all but a couple of days a year. She'll take you through the rooms and explain the weaving process using the antique looms they have for visuals and pointing out what makes each coverlet special. There's also a part on processing flax and she gave us some insights into the properties of wool vs. linen vs. cotton when weaving. If you like learning how things are made, don't miss this!
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