Stitches In Time Barn Quilt Trail Launches

Stitches In Time Barn Quilt Trail Launches

The Stitches in Time Barn Quilt Trail includes more than three dozen quilt squares spread throughout Franklin County, PA. Some are inspired by traditional quilt patterns and family designs. Others stell a piece of local history or family stories. Between each square the many stories of Franklin County.

Barn quilt trails are in 45 states and evn extend across the border into Canada. Barn quilt trails showcase communities, share beautiful landscapes, and commemorate family and friends.

The Stitches in Time guidebook begins at the Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center, but you can start the trail anywhere. Enjoy the beauty of Franklin County, the stories of the quilt squares, beautiful views, and some history between each host site.

Want to join the fun and host a free barn quilt square on your barn, home or business? Contact Franklin County Visitors Bureau at 717.552.2977 or email jpollard@explorefranklincoutnypa.com.

 

Franklin County Visitors Bureau (FCVB) showcases fresh food and great dining in Franklin Fresh Food & Dining Guide. Franklin County has an abundance of freshness to share. The county ranks second in vegetable production in the state, is home to the Chambersburg peach, and yields 850 million pounds of milk annually. With such a variety of fresh foods, foodies love Franklin County.

Franklin Fresh Food & Dining Guide includes listings of farm stands, farmers markets, and honey producers plus a guide to local restaurants. The publication is a great way to plan a “foodie tour” of Franklin County and take home some of the fresh foods from farmers markets, cheese makers, and creameries to enjoy a little longer. The 2019-2020 Franklin Fresh Food & Dining Guide includes a “Sweet Trail,” highlighting ice cream, chocolate and candy stops across the county. It even throws in a few favorite recipes, ways to eat more plant-based meals, and tips on growing fruits, vegetables, and herbs.

Franklin County’s agricultural past is showcased in the Cumberland Valley Bank Barn and the new Stitches in Time Barn Quilt Trail, both topics of the newest edition of Franklin Fresh. Food is an essential part of every trip, and Franklin County food is a reason to visit. Plan ahead by checking out the publication online here. Or, contact the Franklin County Visitors Bureau at 866.646.8060 to receive a printed publication.

 

 

Stitches In Time Barn Quilt Trail Takes Shape

Stitches In Time Barn Quilt Trail Takes Shape

The Stitches in Time Barn Quilt Trail is the newest project of the Franklin County Visitors Bureau.  Barn quilts are wooden signs, painted with representations of quilt blocks.  The concept was originally designed 18 years ago in Ohio where they were mounted on barns, hence the name.  Today, these brightly colored blocks are found on barns, businesses, houses, churches or even garden sheds.

Barn quilts have been organized into trails that can be followed, like a scavenger hunt, and have become a huge boost to tourism. Organized trails are found in 43 states and spreading rapidly.  The largest one in PA is found in nearyby Fulton County.  The Frontier Barn Quilt Trail, was only organized about 6 years ago, and now boasts approximately 203 sites.  Bus tours, road rallies, or private care trips are popular – just go to the website and download their maps.

The Franklin County Visitors Bureau “Stitches in Time Barn Quilt Trail” will launch in the upcoming weeks.  FCVB is in the process of painting the first 30 squares.  The average size is 4 -t, some are 2 and 3-ft. square, and the largest is to 8-ft., particularly when the site is viewed from a distance.

Learn more about the Barn Quilt Trail here.

Special thanks to Franklin County CTA Linda Hartman for authoring the story about the Franklin County Stitches in Time Barn Quilt Trail. Linda is an avid member of the Chambersburg Quilt Guild and approached the Franklin County Visitors Bureau in 2016 about the possibilities of a county-wide barn quilt trail.
Celebrates History, Art & Scenic Beauty with Stitches in Time: A Barn Quilt Trail

Celebrates History, Art & Scenic Beauty with Stitches in Time: A Barn Quilt Trail

With the support of local quilters, Franklin County Visitors Bureau (FCVB) is starting Stitches in Time: A Barn Quilt Trail as another way to explore Franklin County. At the heart of the Cumberland Valley, Franklin County became home to thousands of German and Swiss farmers, who built the well-known bank barns of the valley. Using replicas of quilt squares on the barns or historic sites, Stitches in Time spotlights agricultural history, architecture, and the beauty of the county’s farm land. The trail will bring together quilters, artists, and history enthusiasts to tell the special stories of Franklin County.

Franklin County Visitors Bureau (FCVB) is seeking county property owners with existing barn squares and property owners who want to host a barn square. In addition to barns and sites of history, the barn quilt squares can be affixed to homes, landmarks, or businesses. Property owners can select a classic quilt square design, create their own, or seek support from quilters and artists working with FCVB.

The quilt squares are painted on plywood with exterior paint and can be 2-ft. x 2-ft., 4-ft.x4-ft., or 8-ft. x 8-ft. Larger squares are used when properties are further from the road, so the quilt square is visible. FCVB is also seeking individual artists and groups of artists to paint the squares.

Download an application at www.explorefranklincountypa.com/home/barn-quilt-trail/ to get started hosting a square, painting a square, helping as an installer, or donating supplies for the barn squares.

FCVB hopes to launch the trail in October in conjunction with the move to its new location, the Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center on the square in downtown Chambersburg. FCVB plans a fall tour of the trail.