My name is Abigail and I am a dress maker. Moving from Baltimore to West Virginia was a culture shock experience. I never thought of myself as better than anyone but because of my upbringing, I was always told I was born with a "silver spoon in my mouth". That is so far from the truth. Growing up in Baltimore was not easy. Living in the Row Houses gave me an experience of how important family and friends is. I watched those who had 'means' dressing in fine clothing on their way to the fancy dances. I would dream about dressing in ball gowns. I loved how they were made and the fabrics were used. My mother taught me how to sew and I started making clothes for my dolls. After that I began making clothes for my sisters. Simple dresses, then hats, and finally gloves and slippers. I guess you could say I can dress a lady from top to bottom. So, I guess you are wondering how I got to this village? I married Richard Barton, who is the apothecary at Perry's Country Store. By the time we moved I was making dresses and hats for a department store in Baltimore. I then made dress patterns and finally started making dresses out of our home.