Barn Quilt Trail of Benton County, MO!
Welcome to the Barn Quilt Trail of Benton County, MO!
There is a committee of very enthusiastic local individuals who are excited to bring you the official barn quilt trail of Benton County, MO! We have been working diligently to secure barns for the beautiful quilt squares, speaking to a local artist about utilizing her talent to do the squares, along with a very talented lady, Mrs. Kathie Carter-Hubbard with Hubbard Holler, who has been doing these amazing barn quilt squares for years.
The mission of this trail is to increase visitation and awareness of the Benton County Area by utilizing already existing agricultural assets and the history and heritage of our area by placing barn quilt squares to draw tourism. Benton County is also known for our quilting businesses. Each barn quilt square will have a unique identity based on the owner and location of the barn, along with a history of the barn itself. We will also link to other barn quilt trails in our region to expand our tourism efforts.
We have secured a grant through the MO Humanities Council for the first 10 squares and we want to send a big THANK YOU to them for providing the $2,000 grant to get this trail up and going.
Letters have been mailed out to 16 barn owners throughout Benton County who the committee felt met the criteria for the trail, held historic meaning, and were close to existing assets throughout our county. The deadline for their responses is July 28th.
The committee’s goal is to display the finished barn quilt squares at upcoming events throughout the county for viewing prior to placing them on the barns in mid-October. The upcoming events are the Cole Camp Fair (Sept 9-11), the Warsaw Bicentennial (Sept 18) and the Lincoln Balloon Glow and Bicentennial (Oct 1).
Stay tuned for more information COMING SOON!