Aunt Lizzie Reagan's Coverlet

Lizzie Reagan wove this overshot coverlet in Tennessee in about 1930. It is made of cotton and wool, and woven in a design that is sometimes known as "Lee's Surrender." Lizzie Reagan was known as Aunt Lizzie, and was an expert on natural dyes. She was active in the movement to reintroduce "old" methods such as hand spinning and weaving at the Phi Beta Phi Settlement School in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Such schools were started in the 1880s by benevolent societies in an attempt to encourage and preserve the local material culture, and provide the local artists with income.
Currently not on view
Object Name
coverlet, overshot
date made
ca 1930
Reagan, Lizzie
Physical Description
overshot (overall production method/technique)
cotton (overall material)
wool (overall material)
overall: 89 in x 69 in; 226.06 cm x 175.26 cm
place made
United States: Tennessee, Gatlinburg
United States: Tennessee
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Domestic Furnishings
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Home and Community Life: Textiles
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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Visitor Comments

8/1/2016 2:31:53 PM
Nan Slutzky
I'm not sure Great,Great Grandma would have labeled this as "Lee's Surrender". Her brother was in the CSA, 65th Georgia infantry and her Father-in-law died while serving in the Union, Tennessee Calvary. The Blue and white threads flow together into a stringently fluid chaos, f
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