There is no better way to
explore the Vinton County countryside than by
traveling the county's Quilt Barn Trail. This trail,
known as “A Stitch in Time: The Quilt Barns of
Vinton County,” features 27
throughout Vinton County. Imagine driving through the
peaceful countryside to find the images of quilts
hanging on barns. You won't believe your eyes the
first time you spot one of these beautiful works of
art. Quilters and barn enthusiasts alike will fall
in love with the Quilt Barns of Vinton County.
What is a Quilt Barn? A Quilt Barn is simply a barn
that is decorated with a large, painted quilt block.
The tradition began in Adams County, Ohio when Donna
Sue Groves honored her quilter mother by painting a
quilt on the side of her barn. The concept caught on
locally and a legacy was born. Now there are more
than 1,000 Quilt Barns in Ohio and 21 other
To tour the Quilt Barns and other county
attractions, visit our Driving Tours page.
Liberty Star Basket – 62130 Locker Plant Rd. – This
red, blue and gold basket pattern brightens this
Locker Plant Rd. barn just outside of McArthur.
Painted by Vinton County government employees, the
pattern is an Americana basket with a gold star and
is one of the county's most patriotic quilts.
Basket Weave - 29457 Goosecreek Rd. - This 100 year
old barn is set in a picturesque valley at the
former site of Royal, Ohio. It is near the Mt. Olive
Covered Bridge and was painted by Sojourners Care
A Pig's Tail - 29214 Goosecreek Rd., McArthur - This
vibrant red and blue pattern hangs on a white barn
that was once part of a pig farm. Located
conveniently close to the Basket Weave Barn and the
Mt. Olive Covered Bridge, this is one of the most
unique quilts in the county.
Christmas Star – 33977 Kelly Rd. - It is Christmas
all year long at the Radabaugh residence. The
Christmas Star is an Americana pattern and is
painted in cheerful shades of red, blue, green,
yellow and creamy white. Owned by Pam and Larry
Radabaugh, the farm has been in Pam's family since
1912. This quilt was painted by the Radabaughs with
the help of their children and grandchildren.
Country Farm – 54245 St. Rt. 50 W. Londonderry -
Travelers along the west end of St. Rt. 50 are now
greeted by a beautiful quilt block hanging on a barn
overlooking the highway. This star quilt is painted
in cheerful shades of yellow, blue, green and red
and was painted by members of the Country Roads
On Wings of Eagles – 53413 Eagle Mills Rd., McArthur
- This Eagle Township barn is an ideal spot for the
pattern On Wings of Eagles. Painted by employees of
Herbert Wescoat Memorial Library, the pattern uses
brilliant shades of red, green and yellow and stands
out beautifully against the rustic barn.
Corn and Beans – 55416 Pretty Run Rd., McArthur –
This Civil War era pattern is located at the farm of
Kathy Seitz. This pattern reminded Seitz of her
grandparents' garden at this farm and all the time
she spent there as a child. It was painted in shades
of rusty red, greens and beige and was painted by
visitors at the Vinton County Air Show.
Turkey Tracks—627 South Market St., McArthur This
quilt square was painted by visitors to the Vinton
County Wild Turkey Festival. Even two members of the
country music band Confederate Railroad got in on
Maple Leaf - 33213 Depue Rd., McArthur - This
traditional Maple Leaf pattern is painted in
beautiful autumn shades of orange, yellow, brown and
burgundy. The barn owners chose this pattern for the
sentimental value for their family. The pattern and
colors were chosen by the Thompson family who own
the barn. Their family also painted the quilt.
Mountains —143 Vires Rd., Hamden - This red, white
and blue quilt hangs on a barn at a working farm
near Hamden. The owners have farmed the land for
thirty years, and the lady of the house is a quilter
who loves this pattern. Set off from the road, the
rolling hills offer a perfect backdrop to this
lovely quilt barn. It was painted by park guests at
the Lake Alma Beach Party in 2008.
Ohio Star – 62249 Chillicothe St., Hamden – Barn
owners Don and Lena Staten took great care in
choosing this quilt block and colors. Painted in
red, blue, brown and white, each color has meaning.
Blue represents the Ohio River, red is for the
Cardinal and brown is for the Buckeye. A white
background makes the star stand out against their
red barn. This quilt was painted by members of the
The Fan—73231 St. Rt. 124, Wilkesville - This quilt
barn has a special meaning for its owner. The Fan
pattern was chosen because the owner's grandmother
made a quilt
using this pattern when she was born. Though a
little yellowed with time, the owner still cherishes
this quilt along with a photo of her loving
grandparents who gifted the quilt to her so long
ago. It was painted by
attendees of the Vinton County Jr. Fair in 2008.
Follow the Drinking Gourd — 1 Yankee Rd.,
Wilkesville - This barn, located in the heart of
Wilkesville, sits on a farm that was once part of
the Underground Railroad. It is believed that quilt
patterns were used as code for escaped slaves. The
drinking gourd is a reference to the North Star and
is believed to advise travelers to follow that
navigational beacon toward freedom. This farm also
has historical significance as it was an overnight
stop for Confederate Brigadier General John Hunt
Morgan during his infamous raid through Ohio. The
pattern was painted by reenactors and other visitors
who attended the Morgan's Raid reenactment in
Wilkesville in 2006.
Summer Winds—31935 St. Rt. 93 North, McArthur - This
structure is the Exhibition Building of the Vinton
County Fairgrounds, an agricultural hub for Vinton
County. This quilt square was painted by the Vinton
County Senior Citizens.
There's No Place Like Home - 28801 St. Rt. 93,
McArthur - As the old addage tells us, there truly
is no place like home. And this quilt, with its
vibrant shades of green, burgundy and gold will
remind you of the coziness of home. It was painted
by the staff of the Vinton County Visitors' Center.
Pine Tree—24808 Creola-Hue Rd., Creola - A new
species of tree can now be seen growing at Weaver's
Tree Farm in northern Vinton County. Although the
red, blue, green and yellow plaid tree cannot be
purchased for Christmas this year, it can be seen
hanging on a barn at the farm. The Pine Tree quilt
block at Weaver's is one of the
community's most unique.
Mosaic—23084 St. Rt. 93 S., Logan - This colorful
pattern hangs on a beautiful old barn that has been
converted into a gift shop and workshop. The big red
barn now is home to The Old Country Boutique and
Gourd Farm but was once part of a large working
farm. This pattern was painted by the kids and
advisors who attended the Vinton County 4-H Camp in
Autumn Sojourn – 66437 St. Rt. 56 E.– This rustic
barn on St. Rt. 56 is the perfect spot for a quilt
block. Owners Jim and Patty Martin enjoy the fall
and the red, green, yellow, and cream colored quilt
is reminiscent of an orchard in autumn. This quilt
was painted by members of the McArthur Business and
Professional Women's organization.
Whirlygig - 26711 Pumpkin Ridge Rd., New Plymouth -
The Whirlygig quilt block that hangs on the
Equestrian Ridge Riding Stable will stun you. The
vibrant purples set against black make this a quilt
you will remember. It was painted by the staff of
the Vinton County Visitors' Center.
Airplane – 66285 Airport Rd. on the Vinton County
Airport Shelterhouse – This colorful block features
a red and yellow airplane soaring through a bright
blue sky. While the airport shelterhouse is not a
barn, it is an important location in the county and
a highly visible place for local residents and
visitors alike. This quilt was painted by visitors
to the Vinton County Air Show.
Cross and Crowns - Bethel Rd., New Plymouth - The
owner of this Bethel Rd. barn has close ties to the
Cross and Crown quilt block as her last name is
Crownover. The blue and white palette was also
carefully chosen as it represents the colors of
Crowntime Farm's horse racing. This pattern was
painted by the staff of the Vinton County Visitors'
Schoolhouse –The Old Swan School on St. Rt. 93 N. –
This classic quilt block hangs on the Old Swan
School, one of Vinton County's few remaining one
room schoolhouses. This little red schoolhouse
pattern is a cheerful addition to the school and a
meaningful one for many. The quilt was painted by
the people who attended a reception in honor of Miss
Dorothy Scott, a former teacher at the school, who
recently released a book about her experience as an
educator. Friends, relatives and former students
helped to paint this block in red, blue, yellow and
Farm Friendliness - 27384 St. Rt. 328, New Plymouth-
This lovely farm has been owned by the same family
for five generations. The barn that features the
quilt pattern was noted on the deed at the time the
farm was purchased in 1833. The barn was originally
built on the ground but was raised onto a sandstone
foundation around the turn of the Twentieth Century.
This pattern was painted by members of the Vinton
Convention and Visitors' Bureau Board of Trustees.
Anvil— 107 Commercial St., Zaleski— This quilt
celebrates a piece of Zaleski's history. The Anvil
pattern hangs on the village's original blacksmith
shop. This yellow and blue pattern is a striking
addition to the villagescape.
Shortcut To School — Wheelabout Rd. (Near Lake Hope
State Park) This brightly colored quilt will make
you want to buy crayons and head off for a day at
school. Painted by park guests at Lake Hope State
Park, this quilt hangs on the Hope School one-room
schoolhouse. The school was constructed in 1931 and
rehabilitated several years ago. It now serves as an
interpretive center on Saturdays during the summer.
Horse Squares - 73930 Buck Lane, New Marshfield -
The Horse Squares Quilt Barn is unlike any other in
Vinton County. This red, white, and black pattern
features a shadowy stallion that was painted by an
artist friend of the barn owner. It hangs on a barn
at Uncle Buck's Riding
V-Block — 74815 U.S. Highway 50 - ‘V' is for Vinton
County! This quilt square was painted by members of
the Zaleski Super Kids 4-H Club and is located on
the grounds of ReUse Industries, a public business.
Please note: When viewing the Quilt Trail, use caution when
stopping near a site. Stopping along busy roads can
be dangerous and illegal. All sites are on private
property and should be viewed from the public roads,
unless otherwise indicated at the site or if it is a
business open to the public. We are indebted to our
barn hosts for their hospitality.