History in the Home

Wooden Shoe Soles

1865. According to the donor, these shoe soles were "used in our late war....They were made fall 1865 by James Kirkland and sold [to] Geo Arterbridge-On his way home he laid the Shoe Soles down to steal a pig, and in doing so, he in haste and hurry left them which Evidenced [sic] preserved." Arterbridge was a former slave." (Tilley's book, page 36)

Spoon Mold.

Said to have been used to make pewter spoons for slaves.

Hank of Thread

Undated. Made by slaves on the Terrell Plantation in Harris County, Georgia.


Undated. Small pair of shoes.



Homespun Dress Samples

Worn by women of Granville County, North Carolina, during the Civil War.

Much of the history museum was full of items that related to home life. Some of the pieces represent slave life, some share the woman's role in the home.