Shelton House to be featured on UNC-TV

Jul 30, 2014

WAYNESVILLE — The Shelton House, which houses the Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts will be featured on UNC-TV’s “North Carolina Weekend” in August.

The segment entitled “Collecting Carolina” will showcase the museum’s 19th and 20th century collection of quilts and coverlets.

Producer Julia Carpenter interviews the museum’s textile curator, Suzanne McDowell, and visiting curator, Jenny Garwood, from the Museum of Early Decorative Arts located in Winston-Salem.

“We were very happy to find ourselves on the producer’s radar. We know that the Shelton House’s Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts is a Haywood County gem. We are so grateful that ‘Collecting Carolina’ is helping us to spread that word throughout North Carolina,” said Malinda Messer, operations manager at the Shelton House.

Viewers will have the opportunity to view the quilts and coverlets and to hear the stories of how they came to be made, how they were used, and why this history is so important.

"The textile collection of quilts and coverlets at the Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts is a wonderful regional collection showing the work of many skilled and confident weavers and needlewomen. It is a pleasure to share a few of their textiles with the UNC-TV viewing audience," said Suzanne McDowell, textile curator at the Shelton House.

The show will air at 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7 on UNC-TV. It will be rebroadcast at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8 and at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 9. Check your provider for channel and other listing information.

For more information, visit or call 828-452-1551.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Robert David Beaver | Jul 30, 2014 20:49

My wife and I have been part time residents of the area for a few years - we finally went to Shelton House this past June and were amazed at the wealth of artifacts, crafts and local history . Good to see it get the exposure it deserves - maybe it will lead to more substantial interest and support for further restoration. It's difficult to preserve some of the kinds of "treasures" in that house using portable dehumidifiers. I witnessed the same thing in Charleston SC many years ago (late 1960's) before they built their new museum and there's no telling how much was lost due to mildew and deterioration before the new museum opened.

The visit was well worth the few hours of time and very few dollars for the tour.

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