Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities

Sewing Machine Donated to Pebble Hill

Sewing Machine Donated to Pebble Hill

A piece of history has returned to Pebble Hill. Clarke S. Yarbrough and his daughter Terri Lorant recently donated a 1925 Singer sewing machine to the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities at Pebble Hill. The sewing machine belonged to Clarke's mother, Mary Strudwick Yarbrough, who used the sewing machine to complete a special quilt while living in Pebble Hill.

Mary Strudwick Yarbrough was born in Demopolis. After completing her education at the Alabama Normal College in Livingston, she became a Government Demonstrator in Home Economics for Wilcox and Clarke counties. In February 1928, Mary married Dr. Cecil Yarbrough and moved to Auburn, taking up residence at Pebble Hill.

Mary began sewing squares for a crazy quilt in 1912 that memorialized family members and special events. She completed the quilt at Pebble Hill in 1959. The quilt is a unique artifact because Mary kept a notebook that documented the family members and special events represented in each square.

The quilt was donated to the Alabama Department of Archives and History in 2017. It is featured in the new book Alabama Quilts: Wilderness through World War II, 1682-1950 by Mary Elizabeth Johnson Huff and Carole Ann King.

The sewing machine is currently on display. Pebble Hill is open for self-guided tours and guided tours by appointment. To schedule a tour, email Maiben Beard at maiben@auburn.edu or call 334-844-4903.

 

Sewing Machine donated by Clarke S. Yarbrough and Terri Lorant.

 

The Yarbrough Crazy Quilt. Courtesy of the Alabama Department of Archives & History.

 

Last Updated: April 29, 2021