I read in Branch News of the last issue of the Gazette, (Volume XLVII, No. 1, Spring 2009, p. 42) about the Loyalist Chair, which is now in our museum. Perhaps your readers would like to know some details. It is described as: Small late 18th century wooden side chair known as "The Loyalist Chair." Design influences of a country Chippendale style. Flat straight seat, squared corners, straight legs.
The family lore states that the chair was made in Philadelphia prior to the American Revolution. It came to Upper Canada around the Napanee region with the United Empire Loyalist Grange family in the 1780s. Through family movement, the chair came to Lower Canada in the 19th century. Family lore states that the chair must never cross the Canadian border back to the United States.
For a time the chair belonged to Mrs. Ann Harris who had a rich family history of her own, including Colonel Frank Bond who was renown as the first white man to shoot the Lachine Rapids in 1878.
The chair was donated to the Missisquoi Museum by Dr. E.N. Terry of Westmount QC in November 2008.
--Heather A. Darch, conseryatrice/Curator, Musee Missisquoi Museum
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|Title Annotation:||Speaker's CORNER: Dear Editor|
|Author:||Darch, Heather A.|
|Publication:||The Loyalist Gazette|
|Article Type:||Letter to the editor|
|Date:||Sep 22, 2009|
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