Adopt a Memory – Pre-Civil War Loom


Pre-Civil War Loom currently on display in the Connecting Threads exhibit

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A loom is a device used to weave cloth and tapestry. The basic purpose of any loom is to hold the warp threads under tension to facilitate the interweaving of the weft threads. The precise shape of the loom and its mechanics may vary, but the basic function is the same. (Source:; Viewed 11/01/2020)

The story behind the Delaware County Historical Society loom on display at our Connecting Threads exhibit is that two volunteers unburied the parts of this loom in the small building behind the Nash House. They worked one day looking through the previously mentioned small building and located most of the parts. Another day as they assembled the loom and found they had most the parts.  A few days later the remainder of the parts were found and they had what they felt was a complete loom. Unfortunately, the Delaware County Historical Society does not have any verifiable information on where the loom came from, who donated it, or when it was donated. The best we can do is, it’s a mystery. Because upon inspection, all parts were clearly handmade and the design is similar to looms made pre-Civil War we feel that is the age. It was well cared for and was likely used in a protected area early in its life.

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