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for Journal of Early Southern Decorative Arts Vol. 5 Issue 2, Nov 1979
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In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the area that is now Shenandoah County, Virginia served as a principal migration route from Philadelphia to North Carolina. Trade centers and developers in the region brought together a variety of cultures. This diversity created one of the most interesting American regional styles in decoration and craftsmanship.
Research by the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts has revealed much about the material culture of Germans in piedmont North Carolina, but less is known about their history in South Carolina. The discovery of illuminated manuscripts called fraktur indicate German settlement in the Dutch Fork area, and a mix of religious and cultural influences on art.
Researchers at the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts in Winston-Salem, North Carolina identified the work of Mary Roberts as America’s earliest known woman miniaturist. This was revealed after discovery of a miniature portrait-painting signed by Roberts during the 1740s in Charleston, South Carolina.