Aunt Lizzie Reagan's Overshot Coverlet; Tennessee; 1930

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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
date made
ca 1930
Reagan, Lizzie
place made
United States: Tennessee, Gatlinburg
United States: Tennessee
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
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


Who wrote the comment calling Lizzie Reagan her Great Great Grandma??? Fascinating! Lizzie Reagan was my Great Grandmother. Her son J.T. ( James Thomas) was my Grandfather. With his second wife Barbara Parton Reagan, he had 6 children. My Mother...Margaret LaDelle Reagan...was the younger of 2 daughters, and they had 4 brothers. Their home was torn down in 2016, and Aunt Lizzie's home was torn down in 2015. Both homes were on Reagan Drive. Reagan Drive was originally my Grandparents' driveway. Everyone in Gatlinburg called her ""Aunt Lizzie". She taught the art of weaving to many of the women in Gatliburg.
"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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