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Museum moves outdoors with quilt mural

Leaders of Tennessee’s oldest town are taking the history museum to the streets, with several projects that aim to tell the story of Jonesborough’s past without guests ever having to step indoors.
At last week’s Historic Zoning Commission meeting, Tourism Director Alicia Phelps presented a plan to hang an 8-feet-by-8-feet quilt square on the south-facing exterior of the Visitors Center.
“We are wanting to put up a wooden quilt square very similar to the ones hanging at Tennessee Quilts (on Boone Street),” Phelps said. “It is an 1860 quilt that was quilted by the women of Jonesborough and given to a businessman.”
The quilt square will be the third in the ‘Historic Jonesborough Quilt Trail Walking Tour.’
Mounted on a white wooden frame anchored on the building, the quilt square will be painted by staff at the Visitors Center. It will have a green vine border with accompanying flowers.
“We may be putting them on several historic buildings in the future,” said Dr. William Kennedy, chair of the commission. “It is a part of a larger heritage observation and celebration movement.”
In September 2010, the commission approved similar plans by Tennessee Quilts, located at 114 Boone St., to mount two 4-feet-by-4-feet hand-painted murals of historic quilt blocks on the front of the building.
Commission member Ruth Verhegge made a motion to approve the quilt mural being mounted on the Visitors Center building, while Nancy Hedberg seconded the motion. It was approved unanimously.