If you are fond of the novels from American author Jan Karon, you might be interested in learning a bit more about her. She was born in Lenoir, North Carolina and spent much of her childhood on her maternal grandparents’ farm in Hudson, just a few miles away. Her #1 New York Times-bestselling Mitford novels are set in the fictional village of Mitford, which inspired the name for The Mitford Museum. Located in Hudson, North Carolina, this museum is a delightful way to learn more about Jan Karon, as well as local history. If you visit Lenoir & the NC foothills, this is definitely a must-see stop during your stay.
At the museum, you will see preserved treasures and artifacts, including the milking stool Jan’s grandmother used along with her great-grandmother’s spinning wheel bobbin. Even benches that sat on her grandparents’ back porch are proudly displayed. You will be able to envision Jan Karon’s stories so much more richly after a visit to The Mitford Museum–especially once you see Miss Rose’s saddle oxfords and Miss Fannie’s hat!
You will also find that The Mitford Museum is a great place to purchase Mitford books signed by the author, Jan Karon. Take a step back in time to see all that influenced her life and see the small-town values that are so prevalent in her novels. In addition, you’ll find many unique gifts and Mitford-themed items for purchase in Happy Endings Bookstore. The Mitford Museum is located at 145 Cedar Valley Road in Hudson, North Carolina. It is open Wednesday through Saturday, from 10 am to 4 pm.