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The American Barn Trail Movement

The movement was created in Adams County, Ohio, in 2001 by Donna Sue Groves. In talking with friends and neighbors, Donna Sue realized that the project had wide appeal and could be beneficial to the community,  encouraging tourism and economic development.

Instead of a single personal tribute, she worked with the community to create a “clothesline of quilts,” which began with an Ohio Star, dedicated in 2001.

The Snail’s Trail quilt block was added to Donna Sue and Maxine’s tobacco barn in 2003 after her friends said it was time to place a quilt block on their barn. Honoring her mother, Maxine, with her favorite quilt pattern. Maxine was a prolific fifth-generation quilter and was devoted to the art of quilting and supporting Donna Sue in her “clothesline of quilts” efforts.

Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail Development




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