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 Esther Bloxton

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Esther Bloxton

  • Birth 16 Jun 1906 Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina, USA
  • Death 28 Dec 1970 Asheville, Buncombe County, North Carolina, USA
  • Burial Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina, USA
  • Plot Section: 14
  • Memorial ID 102184976

Daughter of Olive Jennings and John Bloxton. She never married.

The following was provided by Findagrave contributor Donna Petersen:

Esther grew up in Greensboro, attended Woman's College (University of North Carolina at Greensboro at the time of her death), and for a number of years working in the furniture store established by her father, Miss Bloxton was best known as owner of The Spinning Wheel, a craft shop on the Hendersonville Road just south of Asheville.

She moved to Asheville in 1940 to work for Allanstand Industries, a shop selling products of the Southern Highlands Handicrafts Guild, and in 1942, she became manager of Allanstand.

In 1948, she and a friend bought the Spinning Wheel, and in 1960, Esther became sole owner. The shop, located in a restored log cabin, specialized in mountain crafts, and its owner established a very close relationship with he artisans whose wares she sold.

"She loved it," Virginia Bloxton (Mrs. Carl) Mabry (1900 - Wednesday, June 19, 1991) said of her sister's work, "and she loved people. She had a knack of talking to these North Carolina craftsmen and encouraging them to go on with their work."

She let it be known that she wanted her rare "treasures" as she called her Southern Pottery, baskets, handwoven items, and 16 pieces of Jugtown Pottery, each significant in workmanship, design and glaze, to go where the most people would have the opportunity to enjoy them. When she died suddenly and unexpectedly in December 1970, there was no question but that her wishes would be fulfilled.

They were donated to the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, and were exhibited from July 15 through October 1, 1972. The UNC-G Alumni News carried an article about the collection.

NOTE: The marker is between the stones of her father and step-mother. Her death record provides that cremation occurred at Shepard Memorial Park in Henderson, NC. Hence the ashes may be here.

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  • Created by: David Oxford
  • Added: 14 Dec 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 102184976
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Esther Bloxton (16 Jun 1906–28 Dec 1970), Find A Grave Memorial no. 102184976, citing Forest Lawn Cemetery, Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by David Oxford (contributor 46875582) .