The ranching frontier offered women opportunities to step out of the accepted Victorian domesticisty roles and into a world that put them on equal economic footing with men. Agriculture has always provided a level playing field for financial gain. It does not matter the gender of the person who raises the steer, the market price when sold is the same. Women married, single and widowed worked on ranches for themselves or others at jobs considered ‘men’s work.’ Their motives were as varied as the women themselves. For most women, the driving force is the same as today, to ensure the success of the ranch and survival of the family.
1927 Brand Quilt made by Tryon Extension Ladies Group given to Grace McCance Snyder. Many of the quilt squares include a family ranch brand and embroidered signature of the woman that sewed the block.
Pull out the drawer and discover a vintage photo album, glasses and letters all from the collection of Ron Hunter. Alongside the mementos are a women’s split riding skirt and blouse.