Rare Colonial Sampler Display: 23 May 2015

The Milford Preservation Trust will be hosting a display of rare, colonial samplers this coming Saturday, May 23rd, from 9AM to 12 noon, at Milford’s John Downs House (aka, “The Minute Man House”), 139 North Street, Milford. This is a fund raiser for restoring the Downs House — a $5 donation is requested. Please attend!

See attached press release for more details. Thank you!

Image of the John Downs House, Milford, Connecticut.

The John Downs House (c. 1790 or earlier), Milford, Connecticut.


The Milford Preservation Trust is holding a fundraiser to raise funds to restore the Minuteman House, aka John Downs House, at 139 North Street. The House will be open Memorial weekend on Saturday, May 23 from 9 A.M. to noon.

John Downs was a minuteman who with his musket responded to Alarms in New Haven, Fairfield, and New York City during the Revolutionary War. He was also a weaver, teacher, diarist, and farmer. The Trust will have a rare 18th century sampler on display done by a Huntington girl named Permelia Allis and completed on February 12, 1796. Undoubtedly Downs wove linen which was used by young girls to practice their numbers and letters.

A Sampler done by Ann Fowler , age 11, a well known Milford name will be on display. This sampler was completed in 1840. The Jane Kipp Sampler will be displayed: It reads “Jane Kipp is my name, New York is my station, Heaven is my dwelling place and Christ is my salvation”. Jane was 12 when this sampler was completed.

Other samplers will be on display. $5.00 tax deductible donation is asked to help restore Down’s home.

Call Michele Kramer, Trust President, at 203-314-9016 or Regina Cahill, Trust Vice President at 203-974-3542 for further info. or if you have a sampler to display or share on May 23.

About John Poole

My interests include historic homes, architectural preservation and restoration, improving the energy performance of old houses, and traditional timber frames.
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2 Responses to Rare Colonial Sampler Display: 23 May 2015

  1. Hi John, hope this event went well!!

    • John Poole says:

      Thanks, Sandy!

      Yes, it went quite well. It raised some money toward the restoration of the home, plus was well attended. Several folks came all the way from Rhode Island to see the exhibit!

      ~ John

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