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Weaving Loom donated to historic Whitall House A demonstration of the loom will take place at this Sunday’s Heritage Day

(National Park, NJ) – The Cropwell Stagecoach Questers of Cherry Hill will present a table top LeClerc weaving loom to the James and Ann Whitall House.  The James and Ann Whitall House is an 18th century historic house located at Fort Mercer, Red Bank Battlefield in National Park.  The Whitall House, which is maintained by the Gloucester County Board of Freeholders, is on the National Register of Historic Landmarks and the NJ Register of Historic Places.

The presentation of the loom to the Whitall House will take place this Sunday, August 20, 2006, in conjunction with Heritage Sunday, which takes place from 1- 4 pm.    The loom, a Dorothy model, will be used in living history demonstrations and interactive community programs at Red Bank Battlefield. 

Heritage Sunday’s are free, family events that feature tours of the Whitall House by costumed interpreters, heath cooks will prepare a meal in the kitchen, and other historical activities.  In honor of the donated loom, a local weaver will be demonstrating her craft throughout the afternoon at the Whitall House. 
 
“Gloucester County has greatly benefited from the Cropwell Stagecoach Questers' generosity.  Their gifts have enabled us to provide quality interpretive tours of the 18th century Whitall House,” said Freeholder Director Sweeney.  Director Sweeney noted that some of their recent donations have included:  braided rugs, an oriental punch bowl, a tea table with porcelain tea service, Queen Anne side chairs, a looking glass, an 18th century sampler and various accessories for the fireplace.

“This loom will give us a wonderful opportunity to offer more hands'-on history experience at Red Bank,” Freeholder Frank DiMarco said.  “This gift will be used for demonstrations and teaching and our children's programs will especially benefit from the chance to learn the skill and art of weaving,” said DiMarco.

Since 1988, the Questers have been actively involved with the Whitall House.  They are a nonprofit group whose goals are to educate by research and study of antiques; to donate funds to preservation and restoration of memorials, historical buildings and landmarks. 

The official presentation of the loom by the Questers will take place at 3:00 pm at the Whitall House.  The Whitall House is located at Gloucester County’s Red Bank Battlefield Park, 100 Hessian Avenue, National Park. 

For further information or questions, please contact Megan Giordano 856-853-5120.