NC Mountain Treasures

The Grant Expedition Powder Horn

From the Museum of the Cherokee Indian in Cherokee, Swain County: “This powder horn traces the route of Lt. Colonel James Grant. In 1761, he led a force of two thousand troops into the Cherokee territory, where they destroyed fifteen towns and over one thousand acres of crops, driving approximately five thousand Cherokees from their homes… The powder horn engraving is done in the scrimshaw style which was used by sailors of the period.”

Julia West Roe created this tablecloth as a young woman by crocheting tobacco twine. During the 1930s Julia Roe settled in Sparta with her husband, Charles Rhudy Roe, a school teacher. She decorated their house on Academy Street with this piece she made while living east of Kinston, where her father owned a tobacco farm. (Click here for another documented example of tobacco twine crocheting in Eastern NC.) This piece is on loan to the Alleghany Historical Museum by Lucy Roe.


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