Welcome to the Barn Quilt Trail of Benton County, MO!

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.

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 Kinkaid-Hubbard with Hubbard Holler, who has been doing these amazing barn quilt squares for years.

The committee selected the first 10 barns based on their history, heritage, agriculture, location and visibility from paved roads that are close to already existing assets throughout Benton County.  The committee applied for 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 started.  Benton County Tourism & Recreation also committed $1,000 to this project.

We proudly introduce the first 10 square locations:

 

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Bob and Wanda Brown – 400 N Booneville (U Highway), Cole Camp

This barn was constructed by the Eickhoffs to house horses and probably a milk cow as many of the early residents had “mini” farmettes even in the city limits.

E.L. and Betty Eickhoff, owners of the barn, later used it for beef cattle and storage. When the Benton County Tourism wanted to display a barn quilt on it, Wanda Brown wanted to design the quilt. She did, to honor E.L’s years as a pilot, especially his service in WWII, flying the hump in China, which many times was a death sentence.

The center section of the barn was the original part of the barn but E.L. added the lean-to on the North and South sides in the 1960’s to be used for hay storage.


Josh and Katie Jackson – 15000 Rehmer Rd, Cole Camp

For years the barn was known locally as the Bahrenberg Farm and where Harold (Barney) Bahrenberg and his sister Juanita grew up.

The interesting history tied to the acreage and area is it once belonged to Squire Frederick Behrens and his wife Margaret Bockelman, who operated a store. They had come from Louisiana in 1855 and had their store on the old farm, three miles east of Cole Camp. The supplies for the store had to be hauled from Boonville by oxen teams.

Squire Behrens served in the Union army in the original Benton County Hussars. He was injured and discharged                                                                                          in January, 1863.


Deborah Eckhoff – 17305 Highway W, Cole Camp

The Eckhoff farm has been in the family since 1919 when it was purchased by Diedrich Eckhoff and became a Century Farm in 2019.  The barn was built in 1950 by Lawrence Eckhoff and served as storage for hay and grain and was also used for milking and feeding cattle.

The farm helped to support twelve children that Lawrence and Elda raised.

Both mothers of Mrs. and Mrs. Eckhoff were quilters and Deborah’s mother Alice, worked at the quilting factory in Stover for years and made alot of personal quilts through the years.


Brent Otten and Tammy Schrader – 15891 Highway F, Cole Camp

The house and barn, was originally constructed in the mid- 1960s by Reno and Ruby Viebrock. When they acquired the land Reno had the older home on the property moved across the road and then they built the house and barn we see today.

When Reno and Ruby moved to town the property was acquired by the Otten family and today is the home of Brent Otten and Tammy Schrader. The house has recently had a large update but the barn remains much as the way it was originally constructed.


Pete and Terri Richardson – 22344 H Highway, Lincoln
The farm was purchased in May of 2015 by the Richardson’s.  The purpose of the barn is for utilization of the calving process for Richardson Ranch to house registered Angus females and their newborn calves to prevent exposure to outdoor elements.

Over 80 years ago, Terri’s great-grandparents lived on this farm and used this barn for their dairy cows.

This pattern was selected because it reminds them of an Indian pattern and some of Terri’s family have Indian heritage.


Dennis and Judy Frisch – 20746 Frisch Rd, Lincoln

This barn has been in the Frisch family since 1959 with the original farmstead and land purchased in the 1860’s by Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Mueller/Miller.  It was owned by numerous families prior to 1959.

Dennis and Judy Frisch have lived on he farm sine 1996 when they built a house.  They tore down the old farm house as it was in bad repair.  However, Mr. Frisch remembers the summer of 1963 his brother and wife Patsy, and daughter Shelley Frisch Young lived in the old house.  It had electricity, a bathroom and phone until the late 1960’s.

Dennis and his brother Gary Frisch both worked on the farm with their dad Clarence.  They raised Brangus Cattle.  The uses of the barn have always been for hay storage and feeding cattle.

Presently the farm is leased and is being used for a cow/calf operation and for hay bailing in the summer.

The quilt pattern selected was a nine patch, which Dennis’ Grandmother Louise Frisch (Mrs. Oliver) made for Clarence Frisch and Stella Schnakenberg’s wedding in 1943.


Lincoln Airport – 501 Highway 65, Lincoln

This airport is unique in that is one of the remaining grass strip airports in Missouri.  We celebrate an unusual and special event annually called the Lincoln Fly-In, where pilots fly-in and the town welcomes them warmly with refreshments and food.  Pilots are able to utilize the airport any day of the year.

The airport was established with a $10,000 grant in 1969, Lincoln’s Centennial year.

 


Jeff and Christy Tolliver – 16509 Boyer Ave, Cole Camp, MO

This barn is well over 100 years old and is a horse/hay barn, which has 4 stalls for horses, 2 tack rooms and a loft for the hay.  The Tolliver’s have owned the barn for 37 years.

 

 

 

 


LeRoy and Vickie Whitaker – 18285 Lone Star Rd, Warsaw

This barn was built in approximately 1928 and the farm has been in the family since 1926, owned originally by Roy and Anna Whitaker.  It was used as a sale barn for livestock in the 1930’s and 1940’s.

 


Cecil Harms/Cheryl Sparks – 19659 Highway P, Ionia

The farm has been in the family sine 1978 with the barn being built in 1860, which was used as a horse and hay barn.  Currently the farm is a working farm for crops.

The barn quilt square selected was because of its vibrant colors.

 

 


If you are interested in being part of the Benton County barn quilt trail and having your own square, please contact Benton County Tourism at lstokes@visitbentoncomo.com or 660-438-2090 for more information.  There will be a cost as all grant money has been disbursed at this time.  Please note that all quilt designs must be straight-line or approved by the committee for any custom designs (such as logos, etc).  The cost for a 3-5 color 4’x4′ is $200-$250 and a 6’x6′ up to 5 color is $400.  Logos, additional customization and colors are an additional cost, along with any designs that are not straight-line.  Hubbard Holler or Janet Manson are the artists doing the squares and they can be reached for a quote.  Artists may require a deposit before beginning work.

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