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Century-old basket is loaned to local museum

Accompanied by his daughter, Elizabeth Dunn Wansley, William Dunn Wansley recently loaned a late 19th or early 20th century split-oak basket from his family's farm, J. C. Dunn Properties at Cobbham, to Director Jenny Lindsey of the McDuffie Museum.

This basket is to be part of an exhibit on white oak baskets that began Tuesday.

Dr. William Anderson Dunn's plantation was established in 1860 at Cobbham (the original county seat of Columbia County) and is marked on the original McDuffie County map in 1871 as "Dr. Dunn."

Much of this property remains in the same family and has been continuously farmed.

In 2008, this land and additional property known collectively as J. C. Dunn Properties at Cobbham was recognized as a Georgia Centennial Family Farm.

This basket was very likely made by a farm worker or local artisan for either Dr. William Anderson Dunn or his son, Judge J.C. Dunn, who both planted primarily cotton on this farm.

In 2010, Dale Couch, the adjunct curator of decorative arts at the Georgia Museum of Art, dated this basket as being from the last quarter of the 19th century to the first quarter of the 20th century.

-- William Dunn Wansley, whose daughter, Elizabeth, is the 12th generation of this family to live in the area.

Web posted on Thursday, March 10, 2011

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