Rounded Rectangle: Rounded Rectangle: Micanopy Historical Society
P.O. Box 462
Micanopy, Florida  32667
(352) 466-3200

Seminole Patchwork

Rounded Rectangle: Museum location:
607 NE Cholokka Blvd.

Daily, 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Suggested donation:  $2.00

Seminole Patchwork

This intricate handwork was developed by Seminole women in the 1800s as a necessity for clothing which had to be made from scraps of material and leftovers during difficult times.

The style developed into distinct designs made of tribal motifs with significant meanings.  As sewing machines replaced hand-stitching, the designs grew even more intricate.  Small hand sewing machines were the most the Indian women could afford, and this became their chosen equipment to complete their clothing designs.

Everyday clothing, although colorful, was somewhat plainer than the elaborate designs and materials chosen for festivals and special events.  Shown in the exhibit are original skirts and jackets along with beads and necklaces for ornaments.

Seminole dolls made of palm fiber are clothed in miniature patchwork outfits.  Those on display are over 75 years old, with the large pair of Seminole man and woman a replica of a pair in the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian in New York City.



Historic Micanopy

Gift Shop

Thrasher Warehouse

Florida Under Five Flags

Pole Barn

Circa 1930 Coca-Cola Sign

J.E. Thrasher General Store

Wanton’s Trading Post

Bartram’s Travels

The Benjamin Collection

R.H. May

Talking Map

“Moses Levy of Florida”

“The Far Frontier”

Post Office

The Laundry

Ice Box

Wedding Gown

Naval Stores

Children’s Corner

Seminole Patchwork

Seminole War Chiefs

The Civil War

Second Seminole War


Indian Canoe

Statehood 1845

The War Years


Wilma’s Beauty Shop

Sibley Tent Stove