Arkansas First Lady "Maggie" Jones, 1897-1901

Old State House Museum - Thursday, September 10, 2015
It’s back to the nineteenth century with this gown, worn by Margaret “Maggie” Parkin Hadley Jones at the inauguration of her husband Governor Daniel Webster Jones in 1897.

Maggie Jones was born in Tennessee and raised in Arkansas, marrying the future Governor Jones after a two-week courtship during the Civil War. She was a member of the Episcopal Church and frequently entertained at the Jones home in Little Rock.

Mrs. Jones’s gown is three-piece, made of a heavy silk taffeta. On the fitted bodice is a dickey made of Chantilly lace trimmed with beading and more lace, and a lowered waistline also trimmed in beading. The fitted bodice and floor-length-gored skirt present an hourglass silhouette.

In the lead-up to the First Ladies’ Lunch on Tuesday, October 6, we will feature the gowns on our blog at To buy tickets to the First Ladies’ lunch and help to preserve the Old State House’s collection of gowns, please contact Sammye Johnston at (501) 664-1879 or [email protected]