The Farmington Bicentennial Quilt, 1976
The creation of the Farmington Quilt was an extraordinary community project involving 120 volunteers who donated their time and talent over a two-year period. Three quilts were made; two were raffled to support the restoration of the Gridley-Parsons-Staples Homestead, and one (pictured above) was given to the town of Farmington and is on display at the Main Library.
The coordination and artistry of the Farmington Quilt was assured through the dedication and expertise of Ruth I. deGroff, quilt chairperson. The Farmington Bicentennial Quilt won first prize in the State of Connecticut Bicentennial Quilt Competition in June 1977.
The quilt is composed of scenes of Farmington past and present. The scenes include:
Steeple of First Church of Christ, Congregational.
Miss Porter’s School, Main Building.
Children walking to school.
Old Stone Schoolhouse.
Old Red Stone Bridge.
The Winchell Smith Gristmill on the Farmington River.
“The Gundy” and Thomson House
Sarah Porter, founder of Miss Porter’s School
Diamond Glen Road
Canal boat on the Farmington River
Plowed fields by the river
Old Farmington High School in Unionville
Children playing on the riverbank
House in winter
Victorian house in Unionville
Farmington Canal Aqueduct
Farmington Meeting House, 1771; First Church of Christ, Congregational
John Thompson House, 1769
Old Unionville Firehouse
Rowing on the Farmington River
“Memento Mori” Cemetery
“Oldgate” — the Cowles homestead
Main Street elms
The Clock Shop
Balloon over fields
Red barn and cows
Stanley Whitman House
Cinque, leader of the freed Amistad captives
Crows in the Meadows
Pinnacle Orchard in the spring
The Hill-Stead, 1901
Skating in moonlight
Pinnacle Orchard in the fall
The Village Store on Mill Lane
The quilt can be viewed at the Farmington Library: http://farmingtonlibraries.org/