Meet Linda Baumgarten, Colonial Williamsburg Textile and
Costume Curator

Few people know more about 18th-century textiles than Linda. After more than 30 years with the Foundation and numerous publications and exhibitions, Linda, along with associate curator Kim Ivey, is responsible for all the antique costumes, quilts, coverlets, and textiles displayed in the Historic Area exhibition buildings, the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum.

18th-Century Bedding: Behind The Seams

"Beds were important status symbols in the 18th century. The many yards of expensive textiles proclaimed the wealth of the owner. Although the sheets and pillowcases were plain white linen, bed curtains and counterpanes (called "bedspreads" today) were made of a variety of fabrics, patterns, and colors: silk damasks, printed cotton chintzes, fine worsteds, geometric woven linens, and quilted fabrics."

– Linda Baumgarten

Read more about 18th-century bedding
See Linda's responses to your questions about bedding