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Society to hold heirloom sale

Published 10:54pm Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The Suffolk-Nansemond Historical Society will hold its annual Heirloom Sale on Saturday to raise money for the upkeep of its Bank Street headquarters.

The sale has been held every year since about 2004, when the society moved into the Phillips-Dawson House at 137 Bank St., society volunteer Sue Woodward said.

Julie Johnson, administrative director of the Suffolk-Nansemond Historical Society, shows off an 1800s child’s trunk that will be up for grabs in the society’s Heirloom Sale.
Julie Johnson, administrative director of the Suffolk-Nansemond Historical Society, shows off an 1800s child’s trunk that will be up for grabs in the society’s Heirloom Sale.

Items in the sale include both modern oddities and antique items, ranging in price this year from 50 cents to $300.

All have been donated to the sale by society members or friends in the community, Woodward said.

“We try to have interesting things,” Woodward said.

Among this year’s items are a children’s trunk with an illustration of Caribbean islands under the lid, a twig table, glass items, several antique chairs, art prints, a watercolor by local artist Nat Thompson, and even a full set of china that was made in America.

“You can’t really ever find things made in America now,” Woodward said. “That’s a sadly disappearing situation.”

The proceeds will help with the upkeep of the Phillips-Dawson House, built in the 1880s by Horace B. Phillips and purchased in 1941 by Dr. and Mrs. Challis Dawson. The home was left to the historical society by the Dawsons’ son, Gerard Dawson, upon his death in 2002. It has undergone extensive renovation since the historical society took possession of it.

The sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the home. Use the Franklin Street entrance. Call 539-2781 for more information.

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