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McNeil Gourd Bowl
PeopleAssociated Person: Lydia Smith McNeil
Associated Person: Florence Aldridge McNeil
PlacesLocust Grove (Locust Grove District)
- Height: 9 inches
- Circumference: 37 inches
Still in good condition, this bowl or storage container is made from an unvarnished gourd. The bowl’s opening was formed by cutting a circle around the stem end. There appears to be newsprint stuck to the bottom which may indicate it was used in a damp location such as a root cellar or springhouse.
This gourd bowl was one of several preserved in a McNeil family homeplace and believed to have been used either by Florence Aldridge McNeil (1878-1967) or by her mother-in-law Lydia Smith McNeil (1827-1883). In 2009 it was purchased at auction after the death of Florence McNeil’s son Johnny McNeil.