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2010 Bus Tour - Washington and Day: Salem Connections

The seventh annual bus tour, co-sponsored by the Wachovia Historical Society and Old Salem Museums and Gardens, was held on Saturday November 13, 2010. We visited the North Carolina Museum of History where we saw exhibits on the American icon, George Washington, and master craftsman,Thomas Day.

Washington on Blue Skin
Washington in his younger days surveyed the west
As a prelude to the celebration of the 220th anniversary of George Washington’s 1791 Southern Tour (including two days in Salem, NC) we had a special opportunity to see the exhibit, Discovering the Real George Washington: New Views from Mount Vernon, which is on a nine city tour. More than 100 artifacts from the world famous Mount Vernon collection provided insight into our nations first President.
Thomas Day Master Cabinetmaker
Day was the largest furniture mfg in NC
Lunch was enjoyed at the museum and included a special lecture by Maria Shevzov, Assistant Curator of Decorative Arts, on the life and work of Thomas Day. He was a master craftsman and a free man of color who lived in Milton, NC and operated one of the largest furniture making shops in the state in the mid 19th century. Many of the Salem craftsmen worked there during the recession of 1837. The afternoon focused on the museum’s large collection of unique furniture and architectural objects by Thomas Day.
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