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Region: Middle Tennessee
1831 Minerva Ann Elam
Harpeth Female Academy
Oaklands Historic House Museum, Murfreesboro

1512"V x 1712"H © TSS 004
fibers: silk and wool
ground: 24 V/30 H ct. linen
Minerva Ann Elam (1813-1895) was eighteen years old when she made her sampler at the Harpeth Female Academy in Triune. She married Benjamin Branch Taylor (1808-1889) and the couple lived on a farm in Rutherford County where they raised eight children.
The three-towered structure in the lower middle of Minerva's sampler is of German origin and is usually identified as Solomon's Temple. It is an unusual motif to find on a Tennessee sampler. The red butterfly to the right of the temple is more common on Middle Tennessee samplers.