Some months ago I submitted Cora Bea Butternut,
to the bride challenge at Art Doll Quarterly magazine.
I gave her explicit instructions to stand tall and shine!
She must have done so, as she has been chosen
to represent the Ozark pioneer bride.
Many of the early Ozark mountain pioneers
were of Scotch Irish decent, hence the red
headed bride. Cora would most likely have been
married in a little log church, or perhaps at home,
by a traveling preacher.
She would wear her best day dress. If it could be
afforded, a new dress from store bought cotton calico
would have been hand sewn for her. Her wedding dress
would be worn for many years to come, on other
She would make new undergarments of
fine muslin for her wedding trousseau.
Perhaps she would purchase a new straw poke
bonnet that she would line with muslin and adorn
with a silk ribbon, truly and extravagance for an
Ozark pioneer bride.
Cora's family would most certainly have recorded
her marriage in the Butternut family bible, along side
the other important family events.