Join us on Friday, April 22 at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, Connecticut for a private tour of their celebrated Bed Rugs exhibit. The quilts and Bed Rugs have been borrowed from the Wadsworth Atheneum, Sturbridge Village. Colonial WIlliamsburg, and a wealth of other historic collections and brought together for this long-awaited exhibit.
In addition to the exhibit your visit will include a tour of the Florence Griswold House, often called the cradle of American Impressionism. Florence's father was a sea captain who left her with the impressive and historic home, but no way of maintaining it financially. She began to take in borders in the summer months - artist from the city who were keen to paint the countryside and drink in the woods, the fresh air, and the stunning views of the Lieutenant River that runs right behind the property. Famous artists like Childe Hassam, Arthur Hemming, Henry Hoffman and Matilda Browne were famous borders whose art is still represented in this historic house museum.
As a special surprise for our group, the museum will take out its one HOOKED RUG - which is not currently on exhibit, and we will be able to admire that privately.
This event is available at the highway robbery cost of $17
Space is limited so book early. Feel free to book for friends who are not rug hookers and would also be interested in the event. It will be a beautiful morning, and inspiring for all lovers of art and history. This is not exclusively for hookers. Bring friends and enjoy. There hasn't been a Bed Rugs exhibit in the area for decades, so this is a real thrill.
There is a cafe on the grounds (Cafe Flo), a lovely gift shop, and idyllic walking possibilities. I am praying for a really beautiful Spring day because I will certainly pop over to Essex afterward for a shop around town and a drink at the Griswold Inn. I plan to be out and fancy free, making a day of it.