30 March 1775
Kings Landing Historical Settlement
Samplers became part of a girl’s education in the late seventeenth century. Creating these elaborate pieces not only taught needlework, but also the alphabet, numbers, and poetic expression. Eight-year-old Elenor Bucklee finished her needlework with the Loyalist motto, “Fear God and Honour the King.” This phrase had been a rallying cry for Loyalists in the American colonies. Twenty days after Elenor finished her sampler, the American Patriots attacked British troops at Lexington, Massachusetts, beginning the Revolutionary War.
Read a transcription of the verses embroidered on the sampler.