The Herring 'Mother's Chair'

Contributed by Guilford Historical Society

Description

This chair made the trip to Guilford in mid-winter of 1806 from New Gloucester with a yoke of oxen and a sled, slow and tedious, but sure. It took a week, involving considerable hardship. Robert Herring, his wife and two-year-old daughter, fit on the sled only a few absolutely indispensable household articles neccessary for every log cabin. The wife's seat was an "old fashioned" kitchen chair which she ever after kept for her individual use, it being known as "mother's chair" as long as she lived. The chair in 1907 was possessed by her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Cynthia (Pratt) Herring of Foxcroft, the posts worn nearly to the lower rungs from constant use, then considerably more than 100 years old. In more recent years, the chair was given to the Pine Tree State Chapter, DAR, and then to the Guilford Historical Society as part of the town's history.

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About This Item

  • Title: The Herring 'Mother's Chair'
  • Creation Date: circa 1806
  • Subject Date: circa 1806
  • Town: Guilford
  • County: Piscataquis
  • State: ME
  • Media: Wood
  • Local Code: 2000.4
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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Guilford Historical Society
PO Box 893, Guilford, ME 04443
(207) 876-4501
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