Celebrate the history of agriculture in Carroll County by taking a tour of the Carroll County Barn Quilt Trail. The project began in mid-2015 and features 31 different quilts as of this article. Today we’re going to take a look through the story of the Carroll County Barn Quilt Trail.

Wait, So What is a Barn Quilt?

When you think of a quilt, you probably think of a soft blanket with interesting patterns of squares, right? Now, imagine one of those squares, but much bigger and made of wood. Now you have a barn quilt.

Traditionally, barn quilts are comprised of geometric shapes to make a design, much like traditional quilts. Back during the colonial era, barns were not painted like they are today. However, they were decorated with folk art. Barn quilts were a tradition of the Pennsylvania Dutch and though they fell out of vogue for many years, they saw a resurgence in the early 2000’s.

The first modern barn quilt trail was in Ohio by a woman named Donna Sue Groves in an effort to remember her mother, Maxine, and their Appalachian heritage. Since then, thousands of barn quilts have popped up all over the country. Donna Sue Groves now shares her enthusiasm for barn quilts with her community by creating custom works of art.

Where Did the CC Barn Quilts Come From?

The Carroll County Barn Quilt Trail was put together by The Carroll County Arts Council, The Carroll County Office of Tourism, The Carroll County Public Library, and The Carroll County Department of Recreation and Parks.

The first 12 barn quilts on the trail were chosen and created by members of the Carroll County Arts Council. The next 15 barn quilts were selected by the farming families who own the barns that they are displayed on and were printed locally. These quilts speak to particular aspects of their farming operations.

Where Can I Find the Barn Quilts?

To take a tour of the barn quilts in Carroll County, you’ll need to follow this map. The trail will take you through Westminster, Union Bridge, Manchester, and Taneytown to name a few locations. The drive is pleasant and pastoral, making it a great fit for a day trip or a relaxing adventure through rural Maryland.

You can learn about the specific locations of each barn quilt by clicking through the side bar menu on this website. Click on “Barn Quilts” and start exploring!