CENTRAL KENTUCKY BARN QUILT TOUR
Follow the Barn Quilt Trail of Washington County, Kentucky
Some regions decorate their downtowns with murals and sculptures, others create a colorful display by painting their town fire hydrants and electrical boxes. In Washington County, along Central Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail and the Lincoln Scenic Byway, it’s all about following the Barn Quilt Trail.
Quilts are an American tradition, where function meets art, with stories shared through various symbols and designs. Quilts are also known for bringing a community together, whether it be a crafting group stitching patterns together or a show displaying locally made quilts. From the Midwest to through the South, Barn Quilts are becoming a popular sight. With the advent of the Kentucky Quilt Trail, images of quilts colorfully adorn barns and other farm buildings across the state. The Washington County Barn Quilt Trail is a self-guided driving tour that features new and weathered old and historic barns, showcasing the area’s heritage and the art of quilting. Each quilt design depicts a personal or family connection to its owner, and may only be used once. The quilts are eight-foot square panels that are meticulously painted according to the owner’s specifications, and then hung with on the farm’s barns and other significant buildings. Some panels are free-standing, mounted securely beside the road for all to see.
Conveniently located near the Kentucky cities of Louisville, Lexington and Bowling Green, Washington County is the oldest county in the state, and is home to Springfield, a historic destination known for being the site where Abraham Lincoln’s legacy began. For maps and more information on Washington County’s Barn Quilt Tour, visit the Springfield Tourism Commission Welcome Center within the Opera House in historic downtown Springfield. You can also call 859-336-5412 x1 or go to www.VisitSpringfieldKY.com.
Listen to the Big Blend Radio interview with Stephanie McMillin, Executive Director of the Springfield Tourism Commission, while you piece together this online jigsaw puzzle of a local barn quilt (photo by Mark Nally). Use the full screen icon to make it easier. Use your mouse roller or arrow keys to rotate the puzzle pieces and click and drag to put the pieces in place. Use the Image Icon to see the picture and the Ghost Icon to set your workspace.