Halifax County Barn Quilt Trail
Immigrants seeking religious freedom brought Barn Quilts to the United States over 300 years ago. They often decorated their barns with geometric shapes resembling quilt squares. We now know these as Hex Signs found in the Midwest and in Pennsylvania. Barn Quilt decorating peaked in the early 20th century when artists specializing in barn decorating used quilt square patterns in their designs. The movement has been revived from the efforts of Donna Sue Groves to honor her mother, Maxine. Maxine was a quilter so Donna Sue painted a quilt block on her barn. She encouraged her community to follow her example and as a result the first Barn Quilt Trail was formed in Adams County, Ohio in 2001.
Quilt trails are now being organized all across the country. Barn quilts are displayed around communities and then mapped out for tourist to follow these amazing works of art. They promote tourism and help draw visitors into our rural communities. Traditional stars and various quilt patterns are now being displayed on barns, homes, sheds and sides of buildings. They are also put on posts and displayed in yards and parks.