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At Heritage Museum Gillespie-Whitmire Spinning Wheel On Display


Last updated 9/20/2021 at 10:35am

The Appalachian primitive Gillespie-Whitmire spinning wheel was built as a wedding gift for Rebecca Gillespie by her gunsmith father, William Gillespie, when she married William Whitmire about 1837. William Gillespie was the son of famous rifle maker Matthew Gillespie, of the East Fork area of Transylvania County.

Five generations of the descendants of Rebecca Gillespie Whitmire have lovingly cared for the cherished 5-foot-tall spinn-ing wheel. As the massive wheel has passed from one generation of caretakers to another, so have the family stories associated with it.

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