Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

Last Sunday my husband and I drove a little over an hour northwest to the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester Virginia.  The Glen Burnie Historic House and Gardens are on the same property. This was the last day to take a tour of the house before it closes for 3 years for renovations.

The cows in the field by the parking lot were mooing like crazy when we arrived.

Some of the gardens were closed due to the snow. We were able to take a few pics on our walk to the house.  

I couldn't really get a photo of the house since we weren't allowed on the grounds. That was okay because our (my) real reason for going was to see the Daughters of the Stars quilt exhibit in the museum – 16 star quilts from the Shenandoah Valley. Most were late 19th century. No photos were allowed of this exhibit but my husband snapped a few of those in the museums permanent collection. 

This was definitely worth the trip. The exhibit goes through January 8th of 2012. There were so many helpful people working there and the museum building is a beautiful new space. We had lunch in the tearoom. I had a turkey, bacon, brie, and apple Panini on whole grain bread. It was delicious. I usually ask them to hold the potato chips but these were Route 11 chips, which are locally produced. Double delicious! For whatever reason they were not charging for entry into the house and museum that day so I felt compelled to spend some money in the gift shop. I picked up some postcards, notecards and a book about Amish quilts. My husband had scoped out the gift shop while I looked at the quilts so he was all ready to help me with my selections. He carried them to the register and seemed to very much enjoy buying them for me. I wonder if this has anything to do with him wanting to upgrade his smart phone. ; c ) He thinks I want his old one but I still hang up on incoming calls on the cell phone I just got last summer. I'm hopeless with these things.

Here are a few photos I snapped this afternoon.

The dogs love the noon day sun. Here is Duke.

Batting is just as good. Here is Penny.

As I sipped my tea I admired the color out my living room window.

Hope you have found time to stitch recently. I've stolen some stitching time from the t-shirt quilt to do a little hand quilting. A relaxing thing to do while my son filled out college applications. What a process!


  1. Lovely grounds, even in the snow!! And I can just imagine viewing those quilts in person - awesome!!


  2. Wonderful! Wish I could be a little fly taking a peek at all the pretties--- but I might get a swat!

    :) Carolyn

  3. How kind of DH to accompany you on such an outing. My man does the same for me. We picked well. Loved the comments about the phones. : )
    Looks like a great day!

  4. I bet those quilts at the Museum were just wonderful! what a great way to spend a day!!!

  5. That looks like a lovely way to spend the day. The snow makes it so pretty.

  6. What a great place to visit and I bet those quilts were awesome. I have a husband who accompanies me on these sort of trips and who is good at buying too - glad there are others around also. Take care.

  7. What a beautiful outing you had!! Sounds devine.
    I love your glass balls - I have a few too ;-)
    Sweet dogs sun napping. Good you found some time to stitch.
    Best wishes on those college aps!

  8. The pics of the grounds look beautiful! And how nice that you got to spend such a beautiful day with hubby! Yay! The pups look so happy and content! And I'm the same way about my phone....I don't understand most of what it does, or what all those little symbols are....and I can't find the book for it! So I just muddle through. lol

  9. what a perfect way to spend a day!
    don't you wish you could make all those blocks on that bookmark? just beautiful, were they all quilts you saw?
    oh college apps just give me the chills, those were two years I don't want to relive!!!!! going thru it twice was once too many!!!!
    good luck to him,
    I love those glass balls, so pretty they must sparkle when the sun hits them?

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  11. What a wonderful day out!
    Can't believe that you are getting snow already. Is it too early?

  12. Looks like a wonderful day out. Glad your DH carried your purchases to the cash register. Has he got that new phone yet?lol

  13. the gardens are lovely! I love the arbor especially.
    What a fun day