Skip to main content

Tourism Information Center displays quilt with storied history

12/18/2013 10:50AM, Published by ACL, Categories: In Print, Arts+Entertainment

A central panel shows the building when it was a Quaker meetinghouse.

The Longwood Progressive Meeting, built in 1855, was the meeting place for Quakers who were activists in the Underground Railroad and other social causes of the day. Through the years, renowned leaders of the abolitionist movement movement spoke at Longwood Progressive Meeting. Among them were Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass. 

Image title

In 1989, the Chester County Conference and Visitors Bureau (CCCVB) took over the building for use as a tourism information center. In 2012, after a renovation preserving its historic nature, the Visitors Bureau administrative staff relocated into the building.

In the fall of 2013, several quilts depicting scenes from Longwood Gardens, came to be housed at the center. CCCVB executive director Blair Mahoney then commissioned a quilt to celebrate the building's rich history, from the same artisans who created the Longwood quilts, the Brandywine Circle Quilters.

After almost a year, the group has delivered the finished work of art. The design incorporates authentic quilting block patterns and colors reflecting those of the time.

“The beauty of this quilt has left me speechless," Mahoney said. “To have captured the rich 

Image title

Quaker heritage and Underground Railroad legacy in such a creative way is simply amazing. We are so grateful, and welcome visitors and local residents to come see this beautiful and meaningful masterpiece.”

The Brandywine Valley Tourism Information Center is at the gates of Longwood Gardens (300 Greenwood Rd., Kennett Square) and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Like what you're reading? Subscribe to Chester County's free newsletter to catch every headline

longwood gardens longwood progressive meeting chester county conference and visitors bureau brandywine circle quilters brandywine valley tourism information center

You might also like

It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.

It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.

  • The Heart of Poverty

    08:15am — 12:30pm

    What is poverty? What does it look like in the U.S.? In Chester County? Join us for this free sem...

  • Brandywine Zoo Spring Opening!

    10:00am — 03:45pm

    Visit the zoo as the environment is getting ready to burst to life for the spring season! Join u...

  • Bug


    Set in a seedy Oklahoma City motel room, the play centers on the meeting between Agnes, a divorce...

  • Newark Symphony Orchestra Concert

    03:00pm — 05:00pm

    THE NEWARK SYMPHONY PRESENTS “STURM AND DELIGHT!” Simeone Tartaglione, Music Director James Al...

  • Share in this fun concert designed for the whole family, providing a unique opportunity to get up...

  • Cheerleading Open House!

    03:00pm — 06:00pm

    Hydro Force is an All Star cheer company offering a fresh, competitive cheerleading experience ...

It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.

It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.


    04:00pm — 07:00pm

    The Oxford Lion's Club is focused on serving the community and support many local organizations. ...


Chester County High School Sports