The original exhibit "From Chores to Church" went from a temporary exhibit to a permanent display in September, 2003. Along with new text and photographs, the exhibit size increased to include a case dedicated to local textiles and sewing practices.
Visitors may be surprised to learn that Eastern Carolina farm families rarely made their own fabric after 1850. Instead, they relied on inexpensive textiles made locally or recycled fabric like cloth flour bags. The exhibit has several examples of how farm families utilized both, from quilt squares to a bedspread made from sackcloth. To conserve items, some textiles will rotate in the exhibit, but the overall display will remain consistent.