On exhibit: Washington’s hair, rib of woman killed in 1777
TICONDEROGA, N.Y. (AP) — A display of Benedict Arnold’s hair at Fort Ticonderoga this year proved so popular that curators dug into the museum’s vast collection to see what other 18th century curiosities they could find.
Among the items they turned up: locks of George Washington’s hair and a rib bone from a woman killed by British-allied American Indians during the Revolutionary War’s 1777 Saratoga campaign.
Those artifacts, Arnold’s hair and five other items make up “Pieces of Eight: Curiosities from the Collection,” a new exhibit opening Friday and running through April at the tourist attraction in the southeastern Adirondacks.
Curators say the rib bone came from Jane McCrea, who was engaged to a loyalist officer when she was killed near Saratoga. It’s believed someone took the bone as a souvenir.