Frank L. Horton Society

In 1965, Frank L. Horton, together with his mother, Theo Taliaferro, founded the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA).  They were passionate about early southern craftsmanship and were dedicated to sharing their enthusiasm with the public.  Frank Horton devoted himself to MESDA until his passing in 2004.  The Frank L. Horton Society was named in his honor to recognize donors who make annual gifts of $1,000 or more toward MESDA’s annual operating expenses.  Society members receive unique benefits for their generous support of MESDA.


Members at all levels receive the Main Benefits Package:

  • Unlimited complimentary general admission to MESDA’s self-guided galleries, the Town of Salem, and the Gardens at Old Salem
  • 10% off all purchases in Old Salem’s retail stores and online, including the MESDA Bookstore
  • E-newsletters featuring exciting new scholarship and museum updates
  • Discounted member pricing for Behind-the-Scene Tours of MESDA

Society level • $1,000

  • Main Benefits package
  • Admission for 2 members and 6 guests
  • 1 $60-Level  Friends of MESDA membership to use as a gift
  • Unlimited complimentary Behind-the-Scenes tours of MESDA for members
  • Invitations to distinctive programs and unique opportunities
  • Recognition at MESDA events and programs

Scholar Level • $2,500

  • All Society Level membership benefits
  • Annual limited print-edition of the MESDA Journal

 Curator level • $5,000+

  • All Scholar Level membership benefits
  • Exclusive access to MESDA curatorial expertise

For more information about the Frank L. Horton Society or to schedule an installment plan, please contact Michelle Cook, Director of Development, at [email protected] or 336-721-7331.