This exhibition was made possible through the generous support of the DeWitt Wallace Fund for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation established by the founder of Reader’s 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.
It 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 South—the Chesapeake, the Carolina Low Country, and the backcountry.
Furniture of the American South:
The Colonial Williamsburg Collection
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