'Airing of the Quilts:' Museum of Darien's collection on display Thursday

Panel from an 1850 Mariner's Compass quilt, one of the many quilts that will be on display from 11 to 3 on Thursday at the Museum of Darien, 45 Old Kings Highway, Darien.

Panel from an 1850 Mariner’s Compass quilt, one of the many quilts that will be on display from 11 to 3 on Thursday at the Museum of Darien, 45 Old Kings Highway, Darien.

Museum of Darien / Contributed photo

DARIEN - The Museum of Darien will display some of the colorful antique quilts from its renowned collection during a one-day “Airing of the Quilts” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday.

The display, which will be both inside the Museum, 45 Old Kings Highway, and outside on the front and side lawn areas, is part of a tradition of caring for the quilts while also giving the community an opportunity to view at the Museum’s most prized quilts.

“This is part of a long tradition in America, dating from colonial times when settlers pulled quilts out of storage to air them out in the sun,” said Maggie McIntire, executive director of the Museum. “It will be a great day to just drop in and wander around the Museum to see the colorful quilts from our collection.”

The Museum’s quilt collection includes dozens of quilts and coverlets in various styles dating from the early 1800s and many were owned or made right here in Darien.

This event is free and co-sponsored by the Darien Library. Refreshments will be served throughout the day.

To learn more about supporting the town’s history, visit www.museumofdarien.org or call 203.655.9233