James Madison Museum of Orange Co. Heritage Explores History of American Silk Mills
ORANGE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - A new exhibit at the James Madison Museum of Orange County Heritage is exploring the history of silk mills in the county. For more than 60 years the silk mill in Orange employed many of the families in that area. This new exhibit takes a deep dive into that legacy.
Guest Curator Mary Knighton is a professor of literature in Japan and has been working on this project for years. Both sides of her family worked at the silk mill and with her ties to silk in Japan, she is excited to help tell the story.
"There is a thread that's tying the people working in the mills in Japan, my new home with the people here in Orange, my family, and my home in Virginia. I wanted to connect those,” said Knighton.
The exhibit is still incomplete and needs the community's help filling it with more artifacts and stories.