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Welcome to my first-grade classroom

I couldn't wait to get to school each morning and feel the love that our first-grade teacher, Nan Downs, had for her students. And I couldn't wait to get home, just two miles away, to teach my little sister, Brenda, everything I learned in class.

Butter churn

I sat on the porch at this very churn and worked to 'bring butter' from the milk Mama carried from the barn in a pail.

Making joy from scraps

My father, Bob Wilson, made the bed for me from furniture-mill scraps. The coverlet is from a scrap of my grandmother's kitchen valance in Hudson. The doll, in original clothing, was given to me by my mother when I was four years old.

How Do You Write A Book? For The Answer, Listen Now.

Mitford Is Now at Home in Hudson.

 

The Mitford Museum welcomes you to the childhood hometown of American author, Jan Karon. Learn about Jan’s early years at Hudson School and her eighth-generation legacy in these scenic foothills.
Discover the books she loved, the challenges she faced, and the influences that shaped a small town of her own, in a series of fourteen bestselling Mitford novels.

Jan’s grandmother’s milking stool played a role in the family’s homemade ice cream and butter.

Jan’s great-grandmother’s spinning wheel bobbin, with wheel-spun yarn and knitting needles.

The bench Jan’s family used on their back porch in Hudson, at a table covered with oil cloth.

Some of Jan’s most treasured books.

The Mitford Cookbook & Kitchen Reader.

Learn about Father Tim’s priestly vestments and their meaning.

Learn about Father Tim’s priestly vestments and their meaning.

See one of Jan’s early Bibles. ‘A Bible is a workbook,’ she says.

Discover Miss Rose’s saddle oxfords in the Mitford Memory Cabinet.

See Miss Fannie’s hat, celebrated in Jan’s popular children’s book.

See the nativity scene that inspired Shepherds Abiding as well as pieces in the museum’s extensive Mitford Hallmark collection.

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Wed - Sat 10 AM - 4 PM

145 Cedar Valley Road
Hudson, NC 28638

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The Mitford Museum

The Mitford Museum is North Carolina’s newest literary landmark.

Founded by #1 New York Times bestselling author, Jan Karon, the museum narrates the ways in which the small town of Hudson, NC, helped influence her life and work. Often called Jan’s ‘book without covers,’ the museum is a place of common ground, where people from varied backgrounds can come together to feel welcomed, cared for, and at home.

(828) 572-4898

Wed - Sat 10 AM - 4 PM

145 Cedar Valley Road
Hudson, NC 28638