Churchill Weavers

Title

Churchill Weavers

Description

Churchill Weavers was Berea’s first non-college industry. Begun by Carroll and Eleanor Churchill in 1921, it was grown into one of America’s foremost handweaving studios. Mr. Churchill, a talented engineer and foreign missionary of India, invented a new fly-shuttle loom while serving as chairman of the Physics Department at Berea College . In the college carpenter’s shop he built his first handweaving loom, and soon afterwards he established this factory. Hhis industrial plant is noteworthy because it placed hand-weaving on a financially sound, as well as an artistic basis. While Carroll Churchill perfected the looms, Eleanor designed and marketed the products.
Visitors can tour the irregularly-shaped loomhouse to view the hand-weaving process which is precisely controlled by talented craftpersons. The factory house is a two-story frame building with siding and board-and-batten gable ends. Multiple windows allow light to enter the weaving rooms. A laundry is located in the basement which originally had earthen floors.

Creator

Kubiak, Lavinia

Date

1986

Contributor

Madison County Historical Society

Format

PHOTOGRAPH/5x7

Type

image

Identifier

1988-009-128
http://library-old.eku.edu/historicmadison/items/show/1672
http://library-old.eku.edu/historicmadison/archive/files/c4e7f1e22eb655e4ac1fd0260efe06a2.jpg

Files

1988-09-128.jpg

Citation

Kubiak, Lavinia, “Churchill Weavers,” Historic Madison, accessed September 19, 2017, https://historicmadison.omeka.net/items/show/1359.

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