Laura Pope Forester (1873-1953), the woman who shaped the Popes Museum, is a nationally significant American self-taught artist . She is notable not only for creating a large folk art environment of high artistic quality around her rural residence and store, but also as one of the few female artists to do so the twentieth century. This distinction, coupled with the fact that the former Pope Museum is among the oldest such environments in the country, makes the site a notable destination. At the
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