A Family Heirloom Finds a New Home

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Thanks to long-time guests, Barbara & Bob Higgs, Colonial Pines is now home to a wonderful old family quilt which was made by one of their aunts many years ago. Beautifully preserved, the quilt is in the traditional “Double Wedding Ring” style with interlocking rings, a pattern brought from Europe which became especially popular in this country in the 1920s.

The painstaking workmanship is evident at first glance with hundreds of pattern pieces cut from old flour sacks to exact shapes and meticulously sewn by hand and then quilted to a backing. We are honored to be able to display such a fine piece of American history as a backdrop to our “Piano Top Gift Shop” and the guest registry book where it looks great and everyone can enjoy seeing it upon entering the Inn.¬† Many, many thanks, Barbara & Bob. We will treasure it, we will take good care of it, and it will always remind us of you!
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A Lovely Gift!

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A beautiful original painting by Nancy Burleson now brightens a formerly dark corner near our “Piano-Top Gift Shop.” A gift from Barbara & Bob Higgs, long-time guests from Jackson TN, it depicts a still life with flowers and features a pretty maple leaf bottle (like the ones we sell) full of delicious Vermont Maple Syrup. Even more special, it was painted by Barbara’s dear friend Nancy, a Jackson local artist. Barbara had given Nancy a bottle of syrup and Nancy responded as she can do best – with a painting!What a thoughtful and touching gift, Barbara & Bob – and Nancy, too!
We will treasure it, and now there will always be a little of you here at Colonial Pines Inn.
Thank You So Much!

Oil Painting of Colonial Pines by Linda DeCamp

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In 1999, Linda & Russel DeCamp from Rockville, MD visited the Inn and Linda set up an easel under the big oak tree and started painting. For two days she painted and finally, the day she was leaving, she said “Would you like to see my painting?” We said “yes,” afraid that we’d have to say we liked it whether we did or not. We needn’t have worried. It was delightful – as you can see!

The next problem was that she didn’t want to sell it. “I paint so I can remember special places I’ve visited,” she said. “Okay,” we said, “just do a copy and send us the copy.” “It never turns out the same,” she replied. “I have to be at the site when I’m painting.” Sadly, we said we understood and we were honored that she chose to paint the Inn for her collection.
To our surprise, when she came downstairs to check out, she had changed her mind, and we traded the painting for her entire stay (what a deal for us!). We were thrilled to have such a beautiful rendition of the Inn and, if we ever sell and move away, we will take the painting with us to remember our years as Innkeepers. Linda’s painting has become our logo and is available on notecards and as a frameable print. The original sits in the lobby on the piano.
Linda still corresponds with us and is a juried artist with shows in galleries throughout her region. Thank you, Linda! www.colonialpinesinn.com