Historic Poole Forge hosts Antique Quilts in the Mansion

Submitted photos Last year's Quilt Show at the Mansion.
Submitted photos Last year's Quilt Show at the Mansion.

Historic Poole Forge invites the public to visit “Antique Quilts in the Mansion,” an exhibition celebrating Pennsylvania’s rich textile heritage. A wide variety of quilts are featured on two floors of the recently renovated 18th century Ironmaster’s Mansion.

Quilts date from the late 1800s to the 1950s and Lucy Mertz, Chairwoman of the quilt committee at Poole Forge, says she is “excited by the colorful, unusual, and intricate designs and patterns featured in the show, including a solid colored Welsh quilt in a Celtic design.” Among the many quilts displayed: Applique, Log Cabin, Dresden Plate, Grandmother’s Flower Garden, Goose Tracks, Trip Around the World, Bowmansville Star, Saw Tooth, Bow Ties & Crazy Quilts.

“Antique Quilts in the Mansion” is open from March 10 to 15 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Thursday from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Purchase tickets to enter, children under 10 years of age admitted for free.

Quilt appraisals by Dawn Heffner are offered on March 14 and 15. Although walk in appraisals are welcome, to avoid a lengthy wait, appointments are recommended by calling (717) 445-1217. There is a cost per quilt appraisal.


A popular feature of the 2012 quilt show will return: “Maggie’s Attic”, a “flea market” area for quilters, knitters and craft lovers located on the second floor of the West Tenant House. A light lunch will be offered for sale and quilt show attendees can savor locally made soups, sandwiches, drinks and desserts in the historic West Tenant House, located beside the charming covered bridge.

Historic Poole Forge is the welcoming “Eastern Gateway to Lancaster County”, located at 1940 Main Street in Churchtown, on Route 23, three miles east of the Shady Maple Complex and just five miles off the Morgantown exchange of the Pennsylvania turnpike.

Please visit www.HistoricPooleForge.org for more information or call 717-445-0472.