I've heard all kinds of stories! If it was burned in a house fire, then who owned it? Nobody seems to know. When was the house burned? Before cameras were invented? Seems like something that old and of historical value would have had lots of pictures taken of it, if only for the bragging rights! But -- it has only been within the past decade or so that this story has started going around! There was no hint of this story during the 1960's, '70's, '80's and '90's. John K. Gott, the well-known historian of Fauquier County history, did not know about the quilt when I last talked to him face to face in 1988, and he knew EVERYTHING about Fauquier County and the O'Bannons!
So why has the story only now come to light? I would love for it to be true, but it just sounds so fishy!!!