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Farmington Bicentennial Quilt, 1976

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

Gridley-Parsons-Staples Homestead

The Meadows

Sheep grazing

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

Farmington Stagecoach

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

Farm scene

The Village Store on Mill Lane

The quilt can be viewed at the Farmington Library:

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