Wasper Road Show

Posted on: Thursday, September 18th, 2014 by Monica Hoel
Two E&H alumni found each other recently while sharing a fondness for southern treasures; Ken Farmer ('72), from Antiques Road Show, and Betsy Farris Hulcher ('68).

Most of us have caught an episode of Antiques Road Show. Hopefully everyone knows by now that one of their biggest stars, Ken Farmer, is an Emory & Henry grad who finished in 1972.

Ken was recently found at the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond, Virginia, conducting an antiques institute where he had the chance to meet another Emory & Henry grad – Betsy Farris Hulcher, Class of 1968.

Betsy had seen an ad in the Richmond Times asking “Do you think you have a southern treasure?”  Betsy wrote a letter sharing information about her collection of over 26 quilts and 8 woven coverlets inherited through her mother’s side of the family. She knew that her quilt collection dates back as far as 1830, and she has been invited by museums to share these beautiful creations as an exhibit. She has been invited to talk about the quilts, and has recently compiled a short booklet on the collection.

Betsy was one of only 10 people invited to bring in a special item for appraisal and study during the day-long workshop.  Other items included a Civil War rifle, a wooden cabinet clock, vases, and a mule chest.

Ken invited Betsy to share a bit of her quilt story with those assembled, and she was happy to talk of her great-grandmother’s handwork, her grandmother’s expert quilting, her mother’s careful attention to preserving the quilts and recording the family history, and her own surprise at finding out that these quilts were not only a family treasure, but a treasure for the wider community.

Ken agreed with earlier appraisers that the quilt is likely worth around $4,000, stating that knowing the provenance behind the creation added great value and interest.

Betsy enjoyed telling Ken that she had been to his auction house in Radford, Virginia, during E&H’s summer alumni college, More Than A Vacation, and the two were thrilled to find that, in addition to a love for treasured collectibles, they also each treasured Emory & Henry College.


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