GLEN ROSE – With a deep love for American history, the artifacts that go along with the history and events that portray both, De Leon husband and wife duo, John and Ingrid Nabors opened Homestead Goodness, a 19th century spinning and weaving business.
“We’ve been doing living history for about 16 years,” Ingrid said. “We’ve been doing the spinning and weaving for 25 years. We do mostly U.S. Civil War events, but we also like to do more. We started out doing strictly Civil War and now it’s just any living history.”
At Texas Heroes Remembered, an event at Paluxy Heritage Park on May 20 celebrating Texas heritage and history, the couple assembled their spinning wheel and weaver and went to work.
“We portray refugees from the 1860’s,” she said. “We were displaced by the Civil War and had to leave our home so we’re travelling.”
Along with the spinning wheel and weaver machines, the couple set up a frontier-style camp with a fully equipped tent complete with a bed, chairs, table and a dresser. Both John and Ingrid told the students and bystanders about the history of the spinner and weaver and how it could take almost six weeks to make one garment.
“We do spinning and weaving because the South during the Civil War was blockaded. We couldn’t get fabric and things like that anymore,” Ingrid passionately explained. “Even though in past years we didn’t have to make our own fabric, the looms go pulled back out of the barns and attics in order to be utilized again.”
The couple has not only created their own business out of spinning and weaving, they also participate in multiple living history events that involve spinning and weaving.
“This is the first time we’ve dealt with the Texas Heroes Remembered. We’ve been doing living history and reenacting for about 20 years,” Ingrid said. “It’s just a love of history and wanting to keep it alive.”
Before the couple set out to do these events alone, their three children accompanied them.
“They used to come with us so we didn’t have as many things because we had more people,” Ingrid said, “but since it’s just two of us now, we have room to be able to haul more things.”
The passion the Nabors’ have for the history and keeping it alive runs deeps.
“If we can instill a love for history that is what will keep it alive, these are things that people don’t do anymore and it’s important,” Ingrid explained. “It’s a part of our heritage. Students can read about the Industrial Revolution and the spinning wheels and stuff like that, but when they can actually see it in action it means so much more to them.”