Descendants of Gertrude Sprague Carraway Visit Tryon Palace

The descendants of Gertrude Sprague Carraway view special collection items that belonged to Carraway.
The descendants of Gertrude Sprague Carraway view special collection items that belonged to Carraway.

Tryon Palace collections staff show Carraway's scrapbook to her descendants.
Tryon Palace collections staff show Carraway’s scrapbook to her descendants.

The Carraway descendants admire the Governor's Palace Council Chamber.
The Carraway descendants admire the Governor’s Palace Council Chamber.

The Carraway descendants stop in the Tryon Palace Kitchen Office.
The Carraway descendants stop in the Tryon Palace Kitchen Office.

A historical interpreter demonstrates thread spinning for the descendants of Gertrude Sprague Carraway.
A historical interpreter demonstrates thread spinning for the descendants of Gertrude Sprague Carraway.

On a visit to Tryon Palace Monday, July 27, a group of around 12 descendants of Gertrude Sprague Carraway found evidence of Carraway’s tireless work around every corner. Traveling from California, Ohio and Charlotte, the group was in awe of the place their ancestor had such an instrumental role in creating. 

One of the Tryon Palace “Dreamers,” a sampling of Carraway’s contributions to the Palace include: uncovering John Hawks’ original architectural plans for the Palace at the New York Historical Society, being one of the first Tryon Palace Commission members, training the first Palace hostesses (as the historical interpreters were called then), and serving as the first director of Tryon Palace from 1956-1971.   

In addition to touring the site Monday, the group of descendants was able to view a few special collection items that belonged to Carraway like an embroidered footstool she used during every Tryon Palace Commission meeting, silver service dishes, and a Tryon Palace scrapbook of photos and correspondences. 

 

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