1812 Soldier-Sailor Wife¹s Tyler Coverlet to be at 1812 and a Half Quilt Show Sept. 29-30

September 27, 2012
Contact:  Publicist Kara Lynn Dunn, 315-465-7578, karalynn@gisco.net

1812 Soldier-Sailor Wife’s Tyler Coverlet to be at 1812 and a Half Quilt Show Sept. 29-30

William Wilkinson, who was both a soldier and a sailor during the War of 1812, set fire to the schooner “Henderson” on November 8, 1813, at Ogdensburg to keep the British from capturing the ship and its supplies. His wife Rhoda, the daughter of Revolutionary War soldier Ebenezer Sawyer, was the owner of a Tyler coverlet made for her in 1848. That coverlet will be displayed at the Great Lakes Seaway Trail 1812 ½ Quilt Show at the Great Lakes Seaway Trail Discovery Center in Sackets Harbor September 29-30.

At the show, the General Society of the War of 1812 will exhibit more of the history associated with the coverlet, the “Henderson,” and Wilkinson, who walked home to Henderson with the ship’s crew and Captain William Warner.

The show features a traveling exhibit of twenty-six 1812-style quilts, new Great Lakes Seaway Trail “Storyteller” interpretive panels about the War of 1812, and new works by American and Canadian quilters using patterns, colors and fabrics true to the 1812 time period. Show hours are 10am-5 pm Saturday and Sunday; the $5 admission is good for both days.

The show is sponsored in part by a National Scenic Byway grant; the traveling exhibit is supported by a grant from the New York Council on the Humanities. 1812 Find more information online at http://www.seawaytrail.com/quilting or call 315-646-1000 x203.

Tyler coverlets were made by prominent 19th century Jefferson County, NY, weaver Harry Tyler. Born to English parents in Connecticut in 1801, Tyler moved to a community known as Butterville, not far from Lake Ontario, in 1834. His reversible coverlets were popular as wedding gifts and for baptism and birth celebrations.  He and his children built the looms on which his coverlets were made. Tyler died in 1858. #

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