Explore ‘Uncommon Chairs’ Exhibit with Guest Curators Wenger and Perkinson


NEW BERN, NC – August 26, 2017

The Uncommon Chairs exhibit lecture with Guest Curators Mark Wenger and Hiram Perkinson will take place on Saturday, August 26 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Cullman Performance Hall at the North Carolina History Center.

The collectors and guest curators Wenger and Perkinson will share the history of turned seating in the Tar-Roanoke River region, their own journey into chair collecting and the new insights that they have gained through the current exhibit. These revelations will be discussed, introducing new groups of closely related chairs with suggestions about the locality where each group originated. Perkinson and Wenger will conclude with thoughts about the impulse to collect old chairs and why these historic survivors are important.  

The Uncommon Chairs exhibit brings together 75 ladder back, or “common” chairs from the Tar-Roanoke River region of North Carolina, most of them made between 1800-1925. The chairs exemplify early craftsmanship and illustrate the distinct chair-making traditions found in the counties around the North Carolina-Virginia state line. The curators have grouped the chairs by county of origin or by a shared defining feature.

Uncommon Chairs is on exhibit in the Duffy Exhibition Galley at the North Carolina History Center through January 7, 2018.


Upcoming events at Tryon Palace include:

September 2: Piggin’ and Grinnin’: Celebrating BBQ and Bluegrass

September 2: Stanly-Spaight Duel

September 5: Behind the Scenes: Costume Shop

September 13: Palace Pours: Oktoberfest