Shortly before leaving for NH in December there was an article in the Washington Post about historic houses and their declining attendance numbers.
I'd like to highlight a place that is experiencing the opposite - rising attendance.
In the summer of 2011 I visited the John Paul Jones House in Portsmouth, NH to see their sampler collection. And I was surprised by how many pieces they had. I came home and wrote about it here on my blog. And I'm happy to highlight an article I read in the Foster's Daily Democrat when I was in NH at the beginning of the New Year.
"PORTSMOUTH — The John Paul Jones House Museum, operated by the
Portsmouth Historical Society is reporting their best year in over a
quarter of a century. This year the museum saw a 24 percent increase in
The curator, Sandra Rux, continues to refine the museum’s fine textile collection.
Recent accessions include a needlework sampler by Ann M. Gerrish that
was purchased from Sotheby’s dated August 20, 1832. Recently conserved
was a printed handkerchief of George Washington which was archivally
framed and has now returned home to the parlor."
Full text of the article can be viewed here: Foster's Daily Democrat
The website for the house is here: John Paul Jones House
One of my photos of the house.
And a few photos of the samplers. Unfortunately these were taken before I really mastered my camera. Very hard to take photos without glare from the lights.
I can highly recommend stopping by Portsmouth next summer to all the sampler lovers. And I wonder if the increase in attendance has anything to do with those of us who appreciate old needlework.