This is a photo of the original, yarn sewn rug, dated 1828.
A church sits in the middle of the rug, on a striated ground, flanked by a school house and house. A truant boy is being lead back to school with the school master and his rod. A man shoots at the birds, on the roof of the church. The patchwork background has a moon, sun, star, birds, the 1828 date and several initials that are upside down and backwards. The sky above, at the top edge, seems to be filled as clouds and has a large star, in the same value and color as the sky. There is a matron, entering the church, that is not on my pattern, but she can be added, upon request. Some have simplified the background by not hooking the patchwork like parts. Some have added their own family initials. It's a wonderfully primitive rug!
Image courtesy America Hurrah Archives. Second image hooked by Judy Fishback.