By: Savannah Grandey, Director of Interpretation<
When citizens from Lumpkin and Columbus formed Westville Historic Handicrafts, Inc. in 1966, the organization’s title gave away one of its main objectives: to remind current generations of the “old” ways of doing things, tasks that required patience, time, skill, and oftentimes an understanding of the natural world. Defined broadly, handicrafts involve creating something useful and/or decorative with your hands. For decades, potters, weavers, basket makers, quilters, woodworkers, various smiths, and others have livened Westville’s buildings and grounds with their skills. Westville, and sites like it, present these skills as a way to convey the hardiness and resourcefulness of our forebears, the identities of geographical regions, and, as an added bonus, to suggest to youth that maybe their chores at home aren’t so bad after all.