PHILLIPS — On July 19 from 1-3 p.m., the Phillips Historical Society will showcase its large antique quilt collection.

The wide variety of quilts, ranging from the very fancy and intricate to the plain and functional, have been viewed, authenticated, dated, and described by Laureen LaBar, the Chief Curator of History and Fine Arts from the Maine State Museum in Augusta. The quilts, which also include several that were woven at the former Phillips Woolen Mill, will be displayed throughout the house and barn of the Historical Society, located on the corner of Pleasant and Sawyer Streets in downtown Phillips.

The Captain Joel Whitney house, aka the Vose house, is the home of the Historical Society. It was built by Jesse Ladd in the 1830s. In addition to the featured exhibit of antique quilts, visitors may also enjoy the Railroad Room in the barn, where the focus is on the Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes Railroad, and the sizeable collection of Portland Glass displayed in the parlor of the house proper. Other displays throughout the house reflect period furnishings and many other artifacts.

The Phillips Historical Society is open June through October from 1-3 p.m. on the first and third Sundays of each month.

Questions may be referred to Curator Jane Stinchfield at (207) 860-8545.


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