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Haynes family Masonic aprons and cribbage board

Haynes family Masonic aprons and cribbage board

Descriptive Summary

Title: Haynes family Masonic aprons and cribbage board
Creator: Haynes family
Inclusive Dates: 1800-1950
Language(s): English
Extent: 1 box(es)
Collection Number: ms4397
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

William Greaner Haynes, Jr. (1908-2001), artist, printer and environmentalist, was the son of William Greaner Haynes, Sr. (1869-1967) and Laura Grant Haynes (1871-1951). Born in Columbia (SC), his family moved to Darien (GA) in 1918 and purchased Ashantilly, the tabby house built by Thomas Spalding circa 1820 and named for his ancestral holdings in Scotland. After serving in the U.S. Army 1941-1945, including 2 years with an anti-aircraft battalion in New Guinea, Bill moved to New York where his sister Anne Lee was a commercial artist. He took courses in advertising and typography at Cooper Union. His other sister Frances was a librarian in Tallahassee (FL) at Florida State University. While in New York he met Natalie Erdman, daughter of Dr. Seward and Constance Adams Erdman, and they were married in 1952. Bill and Natalie moved to Georgia in 1954 and Bill began the Ashantilly Press with a map of Fort King George. His first book, Anchored Yesterdays, followed in 1956. Over the nexr 35 years, he would produce 30 books and many smaller printing jobs, such as cards and posters. After printing his last work in 1991, Bill decided to leave Ashantilly to the public as Ashantilly Center, a non-profit corporation to preserve the house and serve as an educational and cultural center. Bill had an active interest in environmental issues dealing with Darien, McIntosh County and the Altamaha River and helped found the Lower Altamaha Historical Society.

Scope and Content

Collection includes three Masonic leather aprons and one wooden cribbage board from the Haynes family. These items were previously stored at the Ashantilly House. One of the three aprons is from South Carolina, indicated by a crescent moon on the front of the apron, and belonged to William Greaner Haynes Sr. The remaining aprons were obtained sometime after the family moved to Darien, Georgia in 1918. Aprons and cribbage board all include Freemason imagery of the All-Seeing Eye and the builders square and compass.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Item, box, folder], Haynes family Masonic aprons and cribbage board, ms4397, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Cribbage boards

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

Aprons are very fragile.
1Cribbage board