Have you taken Indiana's first Barn Quilt Trail?
PLYMOUTH — Barn Quilts have been popping up all over Marshall County and if you haven’t yet had the opportunity to take the Marshall County Barn Quilt trail — well the Marshall County Convention and Visitors Bureau has made it easy for you. The Barn Quilt Trail takes you through picturesque country and main roads from which you can view the barn quilts. There are two ways that you can find where the barn quilts are situated. ONE: For a self-guided tour just stop by the Visitor’s Bureau at 220 N. Center St. (the old fire station) and pick up a colorful and detailed brochure that lists where each barn quilt is situated in the county. TWO: you can find them by going online at: marshallcountytourism.org and click on “Travel the Barn Quilt Trail” where you can download a Barn Quilt Trail Map and learn about the history of the quilt patterns chosen.
The idea for displaying the quilt patterns began in 2009 when Mike Woolfington, executive director of the MCCVB and Connie Holzwart, Marshall County Blueberry Festival coordinator, got their heads together after Connie researched a website looking for blueberry quilts for the Blueberry Festival and discovered barn quilts. She then told Mike Woolfington about the barn quilts and they agreed how great it would be to develop a “Barn Quilt Tour in Marshall County.” A barn quilt tour would promote Agri-tourism, Economic Development and Community Sustainability along with Folk Art history of the Americana Quilt. Currently they have 50 barn quilts displayed around Marshall County with more to come.
HERE’S HOW YOU CAN BE A PART OF THE PROJECT:
First of all look around your place and see if you have a space on your barn, garage or large shed, which would accommodate a 4-feet x 4-feet or 8-feet x 8-feet painted plywood replica of your quilt pattern. Then contact the Marshall County Convention and Visitors Bureau at 220 N. Center St., Plymouth or call 574-936-1882 and pick up an application. They will have all of the information on how to construct your own personal Quilt Block. You can design and build this yourself OR you can have volunteers do it for you. Partners for this project are: Marshall County REMC, Vanadco Signs, Banner Electric, Marshall County Community Foundation, volunteers Thom and Connie Kleckner and of course, Marshall County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
If you want to be a volunteer, just contact the MCCVB they will be glad to talk with you. Community members can get involved by drafting designs, priming and painting or transporting the quilt blocks. Carpentry experience is also helpful by assisting with frame construction and/or installation.