Enduring Chestnuts
4 x 4 quilt block

This original quilt block Enduring Chestnuts featuring the chestnut tree and its fruit pays homage to the Chesnutt family and its deep roots in America.                         


After 225 years, the Chesnutt clan has come full circle, residing once again in North Carolina where the family landed in the late 1700s.  


Chesnutt family members began to settle in the Charleston and Savannah areas in the mid-1800s. From there they proceeded into central Georgia and on to Birmingham, Ala.  In the late 1900s, the family settled in western Tennessee before returning to where they all started - North Carolina. 


Jean Chesnutt started her UPS shipping business, The Mail Room, in 1980, the same year husband, Pat, established Chesnutt Associates, a manufacturers’ agency.  Ten years later, they erected the building they share in Landrum.


Residing in Tryon, NC, since 1975, the Chesnutts have three girls:  Sally and   her husband Larry who live in Front Royal, Va., with their sons Jake and Patrick;  Alice and husband David with sons Sam and Angus, residents of  Wilmington, NC; and Kathryn, her husband Craig and son Colin who live down the hill from her parents in Tryon, NC.


This close family shares a central theme: ”love each other a lot…and laugh at every opportunity.”


Hung October 2013

Funded by the Chesnutt Family and the Mary F. Kessler Fund/Polk County Community Foundation, Tryon, NC