Nora Mae’s Legacy

So when I went to Springs Creative to visit I stayed in the historical Homestead built in 1790 by John Springs and saw first hand the rich history that Springfield Plantation held,  I was overcome with emotion.  A shack with Cotton written in white paint reminded me of all that came before me and the ancestors that grew cotton to support a thriving mill industry.  As Americans we are all part of that amazing legacy when America reigned supreme in the manufacturing of cotton.  The Homestead Still owned by the Springs family was beautifully maintained and  I couldn’t help but realize how  well preserved and how reverently everything was kept.  I saw slave quarters which is a very big part of  the cotton history at that time.  The Springs Family are  ambassadors to protecting and preserving the rich history of cotton..  A Beautiful  library of books with famous authors of the 18th and 19th century are immaculately kept. Letters from the 1500’s are documented. Rooms full of fabric and pieces from the earlier Springs collections are beautifully kept in their archives. I tell you they are amazing stewards of the Fabric manufacturing in this country.  I loved being in the presence of such enormous knowledge. So when I came upon Nora Mae and they told me she was the oldest living employe I was struck hard by all she’d seen in her long life.  The tales this woman could tell.  All the wonderful knowledge of the bygone years.  She saw manufacturing go overseas, I can’t imagine what that must have done overtime to these folks.  She saw an amazing bustling city time go dormant, Mills emptied out, buildings sold off.  How had she managed?  I knew shortly after I left South Carolina that I wanted to name a fabric line for this beautiful woman.  I was stunned by her lovely welcome and that southern charm as only someone of her upbringing would know.  I am blessed she loves the fabric line named for her.  It is my tribute to her and to everyone who ever worked at Springs.  I salute you, all of you. Thanks Nora Mae for being so beautiful to a girl on her first visit to your wonderful land.  Happy Land that is.  Nora Mae is sold under the Jenny Eliza brand for Joann’s all done by Me, Jennifer Paganelli.luckycharm

 

5 Responses to “Nora Mae’s Legacy”

  1. how wonderful! I would love to go and see!!

  2. Rosemary says:

    What a lovely story and what a deserving tribute. What a wonderful opportunity you had.

  3. Kathy says:

    What a great story and a tribute to not only our wonderful American history but also the power of women and strength of sticking together and supporting each other. You validated Nora’s experience by naming this collection after her.

  4. Susan Caster says:

    So well said Jennifer! Just awesome!

  5. Jenny Fish says:

    I have read this post so many times. So inspiring. I love how you are a part of our American Heritage. Love to read about your experience again.

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