Jim Gibson 2-21-23

Thirteen-year-old Erica Thatcher of the Fredericktown area created this sampler in 1894. Jim Gibson, museum director, said the sampler was one of several donations to the Knox County Historical Society Museum in 2022. 

MOUNT VERNON — As the Knox County Historical Society readies for the 2023 opening of the museum, director Jim Gibson took a look back at 2022.

During a recent visit with the Knox County commissioners, Gibson said donations included a framed original sampler created by 13-year-old Erica Thatcher in 1894.

Eliza Thatcher sampler signature line

This nearly 130-year-old sampler now has a new home in the Knox County Historical Society Museum. Museum Director Jim Gibson said samplers were a rite of passage showing that young ladies could sew and write.