11 Quilt Barn Trails to Explore
Adams County, Ohio
The beginning of the modern barn quilt trend is generally credited to Donna Sue Groves, an Ohio Arts Council field representative, who in 2001 promised her mother she'd paint a quilt square on the family barn. She eventually envisioned a trail of barn quilts through southern Ohio that would draw visitors to Adams County, boosting the economy and preserving the rich American quilting tradition.
The Adams County "Clothesline of Quilts" now features more than two dozen barns, including the Bow Tie quilt barn at left. You can find printable maps and a self-guided driving tour through the Adams County website below.
In the last few years, Donna's vision has spread well beyond Adams County: Other areas in Ohio and surrounding states have started quilt barn trails to bring visitors to rural areas and provide appealing public art projects in the countryside.