This exhibition was made possible through the generous support of the DeWitt
Wallace Fund for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation established by the founder
of Readers Digest.
The publication of Southern Furniture, 1680-1830: The Colonial Williamsburg
Collection was made possible by generous grants and gifts from:
Elizabeth Ridgely Blagojevich
The Asplundh Foundation
The Chipstone Foundation
Fidelity Investments through the Fidelity Foundation
The DeWitt Wallace Fund
for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
The Chipstone Foundation has made it possible to preserve this exhibition
in digital form for the world wide web. Wynne Patterson designed and constructed
the project. Jorin Hood took the overall photos; detail shots from the book
were photographed by Hans Lorenz of Colonial Williamsburg.
often has been reported that little or no furniture was made in the early South.
Yet scholars across the region have known for decades that southern joiners,
carpenters, and cabinetmakers produced an astonishing array of chairs, beds,
tables, and case pieces for local markets. Southern furniture runs the gamut
from the simplest to the most ornate. Viewed collectively, furniture made in
the South mirrors the region's rich and varied cultural heritage
During the last seventy years, Colonial Williamsburg has assembled the largest
collection of early southern furniture in the nation. It is comprised of nearly
seven hundred objects from urban and rural cabinet centers in Maryland, the
District of Columbia, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.
Examples have been selected and arranged in the galleries ahead to illustrate
taste, technology, and cultural diversity in the three main regions of the early
Souththe Chesapeake, the Carolina Low Country, and the backcountry.
of the American South:
The Colonial Williamsburg Collection
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