I visited the Carroll Homestead in Southwest Harbor today to hear a local descendent of the original settlers of this homestead talk about life on this farm in the 1800’s. Joan Jordan Grant, great-granddaughter of one of the original Carroll family members, gave a heartfelt, informal talk about her ancestors complete with items on hand from the era – including a handmade doll named Lydia that was made by Rebecca Carroll (her great-great grandmother) and given to Joan’s mother when she was an infant – and the above crazy quilt also crafted by Rebecca with the help of other women in the family.
I have a crazy quilt that is remarkably similar in design to this one that was passed down to me from an ancestor so I was really drawn to the colorful patchwork in this treasured blanket.
Unfortunately, due to Covid, the public is not yet allowed to tour the house but I could peek in the windows! A family of 10 children and 2 adults inhabited this tiny farmhouse in the 1800’s! I encourage you to follow the link above to read more about this amazing family.