My husband, Ray, taught at ECU for over 30 years and was an artist. I was an elementary teacher in Pitt County. Along with teaching and producing artworks, we began a business, Design !3, Inc. He designed restaurant layouts and decor. Later we began installing the decor for Applebee’s and McDonald’s. Our approach to the decor was to incorporate antiques and artifacts with meaning to the location. For example, at the McDonald’s near the hospital, Ray designed cases in which we displayed, along with explanations, tobacco plug cutters, tags, baskets, and other items we could find relating to tobacco in the south.
We lived in New Hampshire while Ray taught at the University of New Hampshire and that is where our love of antiques began. After we moved south to Greenville, we continued yearly visits to New England and made buying trips for the restaurants. Along the way, we always saw something we liked and purchased it for our own collection.
The pieces you find in Yestermorn were all a part of our own collection over 50 years