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Pilgrim-themed Sampler

Pilgrim-themed SamplerSampler, 1935
Polychrome thread on natural linen
Laura Oakes Cushman
Gift of the Wildlands Trust, 2016.013.009

Sampler created by Laura Oakes Cushman in 1935. Cushman’s creation of this sampler in 1935 coincided with the popularization of colonial era styles and the art created by women of the period. The sampler harkens back to those worked by young women in the 17th-19th centuries. It depicts a number of scenes, including Pilgrims, Native Americans, and domestic life. Also embroidered are lines from Felicia Dorothea Heman’s 1825 poem, “Landing of the Pilgrim Fathers”:

The breaking waves dashed high on a stern and rock-bound coast
A band of exiles moored their bark on the wild New England shore
What sought they thus afar
They sought a faith’s pure shrine
Ay, call it Holy Ground
The spot where first they trod
They have left unstained what there they found. Freedom to Worship God.

Laura Oakes Cushman (1895-1988) was an Alden descendant and lived on a property called Eagle Tree Farm that was once part of the Alden’s original land grant in Duxbury.


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Digging Duxbury

The quest for archaeological evidence of the Pilgrim past began with an 1833 dig, one of the earliest in U.S. history.

Coming to a Pilgrim Town

Coming to a Pilgrim Town

Duxbury’s Pilgrim history, combined with the town’s natural beauty, initiated a tourist boom.

Collecting in a Pilgrim Town

Collecting in a Pilgrim Town

The tourism boom brought another enterprise, the creation and sale of Pilgrim-themed souvenirs.

Lasting Legacy

Duxbury's Lasting Legacy

Duxbury never forgot its Pilgrim origins. How could it? The names continue to generate interest today.
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