Lyles Station in southwestern Indiana is notable as a long-surviving community settled originally by free Black people before the Civil War.
Lydia Hardiman spent most of her life in Patoka Township near Princeton, the Gibson County seat. The exhibit tells us that when she was in her middle years about 800 neighbors lived in a town with 55 houses, two churches and two general stores...
with green often fading to a dun color. Lydia's family believed the quilt to have been made for her granddaughter Lucy Hardiman Roundtree 's wedding. Lucy, however, was Lydia's daughter, born in 1868 and married in 1885, a date corroborated by the quilt's fabric, style and pattern.
Indiana is quite Southern in it's immigration patterns. Free-Black people like Henry Walden were unwanted by those white immigrants and in 1851 the state's new constitution put a stop to Black settlement. "No negro or mulatto shall come into, or settle in the State."
The quilt Hall shows was loaned by a Kansas friend Augusta Wherman who also received it as a wedding gift. With the striped triple fruit it looks a lot like the Hardiman quilt. Augusta may have lived in Hiawatha, but where her mother-in-law lived remains a mystery.