Following the ‘Quilt Trails’


By Kayla Hawthorne - khawthorne@aimmediamidwest.com



The Crown of Thorns quilt square, located at 13580 Cornstalk Road, Southside, home of Sherry Goodall.

The Crown of Thorns quilt square, located at 13580 Cornstalk Road, Southside, home of Sherry Goodall.


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The Folded Double Star quilt square, located at 4656 Sandhill Road, Point Pleasant, home of Larry and Patty Hudson.


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The Grandma Fanny’s quilt square, located at 10472 Ripley Road, Point Pleasant, home of Ed Lowe.


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The Interwoven Star quilt square, lcoated at 10568 Black Oak Road, Fraziers Bottom, home of Fonda Burris.


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A quilt square at the Bob Evans Farm in Rio Grande.


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Following the trail in Gallia

Two quilt squares are located on Bob Evans farm in Rio Grande, “The Gallia County Quilt Barn Trail” and “Central Star Quilt Square.” A patriotic square is located at 778 Ohio 850 in Bidwell on the property of Rex and Louise Greenlee. The “Ohio Star”is portrayed on the Fisher property at 332 Kraus Beck Road near Gallipolis. The Lester Farm has the “Log Cabin” square at 3215 Ohio 233 in Greenfield Township. “Jacob’s Ladder” is on the Altizer’s property at 3835 Ohio 325 near Patriot. At 9 Evergreen Road near Bidwell is the “Snail Trail” quilt square.

“Texas Broken Star” can be found at 4743 Ohio 7 near the power plants on the Fellure’s property. “The Ohio Star” is on the south end of Gallia at 11665 Ohio 218 on the Fowler Farm. On the old GCCVB building is the “Unconventional Pineapple” at 61 Court Street. “Century of Progress” is visible on the Niday Farm at 844 Lincoln Pike. Located at 5673 Ohio 325 near Patriot on the Trout property is “5440 or Flight.” Also on the Trout land is the “North Star” square. At 7009 Ohio 775 is “The Carpenters Wheel” on the Carter Farm. Also on Ohio 775 at 1154 is “The Tobacco Leaf” on the Massie Farm.

Many more quilt squares can be found throughout Gallia County, with an estimated total of more than fifty.

OHIO VALLEY — Quilt squares have been placed on barns for years as a way to honor or represent a person, memory or loved thing. In Mason County, there is a trail of over 30 quilt squares — each with a special meaning.

The Mason County Quilt Trail came to be thanks to the efforts of Denny Bellamy of the Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), and a few community members and volunteers in 2001. There are four driving trails to view the quilts, according to the visitors guide map. As previously reported by Ohio Valley Publishing, students at the Mason County Career Center helped to cut the wooden squares for the quilts. Other volunteers helped to design and paint the blocks.

Bellamy said that Mollie Yauger was the first to mention a quilt trail and he promised her a type of visitors’ guide solely dedicated to the quilt blocks. Bellamy said that he is in the process of working on a magazine-style guide that includes all the quilt squares on the trail — which includes a few more than the original 30 that appear in the Mason County Visitors’ Guide.

Bellamy said this new book with include global positioning system (GPS) coordinates along with the addresses. Coordinates have been requested by many of the trail travelers as an easier way to locate the quilt squares.

The tourism center states the quilt trail promotes agri-tourism and pride for Mason County.

The quilt guide should include meanings behind the specific quilt squares. For example, the star lily quilt square at the Johnson farm on Ripley Road was chosen as a memorial to the thousands of lilies that once bloomed on their property.

The hunters’ star on Route 35 was reportedly chosen to represent the nearby Chief Cornstalk Wildlife Management Area. There is also a pineapple square at the CVB center as a sign of hospitality. The first quilt square, on Yauger’s barn, is a maple leaf.

Some of the quilts along the trail include:

Pineapple square — Mason County Tourism Center; 210 Viand Street, Point Pleasant.

Delectable Mountains — USDA Agriculture Service Center; 224 First Street, Point Pleasant

Star Lilly — Steve and Judy Johnson; 9343 Ripley Road, Point Pleasant

Log Cabin — W.Va. State Farm Museum; 1458 Fairground Road, Point Pleasant

Folded Double Star — Larry and Patty Hudson; 4656 Sandhill Road, Point Pleasant

Grandma Fanny’s — Ed and Rita Lowe; 10472 Ripley Road, Point Pleasant

Double Star — Carl and Edna Jefferson; 4631 Greer Road, Point Pleasant

God’s Eye — Jack and Claudia Burris; 5200 Seven Mile Ridge Road, Apple Grove

Modernized Milky Way — Tim and Debi Cottrill; 10273 Ohio River Road, West Columbia

Grandmother’s Daisy — Bob’s Market and Greenhouse, Inc.; 211 Second Street, Mason

Star of Bethlehem — Eleanor Hoffman; 7264 Longdale Road, Letart

Hole in the Barn Door — Christopher Thomas; 1953 Leon Baden Road, Leon

Lucky Clover — Gregory Dunham; 990 Leon Baden Road, Leon

Lone Star — Betty Hudson; 2097 Three Mile Road, Henderson

Hunters’ Star — Butch and Zelma Meadows; 25101 Kanawha Valley Road, Southside

Postage Stamp — Manford and Nina Bowles; 26488 Kanawah Valley Road, Southside

Crown of Thorns — Sherry Goodall; 13580 Cornstalk Road, Southside

Interwoven Star — Fonda Burris; 10568 Black Oak Road, Fraziers Bottom

Dreama’s Star — Roger and Dreama Powell; 5575 Zid Camp Road, Ashton

A full list and map of properties along the Quilt Trail — including Hope of Hartford, Belt Buckle, Double Wedding Rings, An American Heart, Mail Pouch, Grandmother’s Flower Garden, Mariner’s Compass, Douglass Star, Maple Leaf, Turkey Tracks, Liberty Star, Indian Arrowheads and Bicentennial Square — can be found at the Mason County tourism center, which is located at the foot of the Bartow Jones Bridge.

Gallia County is also home to a unique trail which connects rural communities in living, vibrant color.

The Gallia County Quilt Barn trail captures a way of life that reaches back to the settling of the area. In 2007, the Gallia County Convention and Visitors Bureau started the trail as a way to promote local history and tourism to the lesser visited areas of the county

Each of the barns on the list feature a quilt pattern painted on to an eight-foot-by-eight-foot square and then fastened to the side of the barn, visible from the main roadway where it can be seen by tourists and have some kind of historical story or reason to be on the trail. Each barn that was added to the list tells a piece of history or culture in Gallia.

For more information on the trail, contact the Gallia County Convention and Visitors Bureau at 441 Second Avenue in Gallipolis, 740-446-6882.

© 2020 Ohio Valley Publishing, all rights reserved.

(Editor’s note: Portions of this article pertaining to the Gallia Quilt Barn Trail appeared in a previous edition.)

The Crown of Thorns quilt square, located at 13580 Cornstalk Road, Southside, home of Sherry Goodall.
https://www.mydailytribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/42/2020/03/web1_1.27-Barn-2.jpgThe Crown of Thorns quilt square, located at 13580 Cornstalk Road, Southside, home of Sherry Goodall. Mason County Tourism | Courtesy

The Folded Double Star quilt square, located at 4656 Sandhill Road, Point Pleasant, home of Larry and Patty Hudson.
https://www.mydailytribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/42/2020/03/web1_1.27-Barn-4.jpgThe Folded Double Star quilt square, located at 4656 Sandhill Road, Point Pleasant, home of Larry and Patty Hudson. Mason County Tourism | Courtesy

The Grandma Fanny’s quilt square, located at 10472 Ripley Road, Point Pleasant, home of Ed Lowe.
https://www.mydailytribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/42/2020/03/web1_1.27-Barn-5.jpgThe Grandma Fanny’s quilt square, located at 10472 Ripley Road, Point Pleasant, home of Ed Lowe. Mason County Tourism | Courtesy

The Interwoven Star quilt square, lcoated at 10568 Black Oak Road, Fraziers Bottom, home of Fonda Burris.
https://www.mydailytribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/42/2020/03/web1_Barn-1.jpgThe Interwoven Star quilt square, lcoated at 10568 Black Oak Road, Fraziers Bottom, home of Fonda Burris. Mason County Tourism | Courtesy

A quilt square at the Bob Evans Farm in Rio Grande.
https://www.mydailytribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/42/2020/03/web1_Barn-Trail.jpgA quilt square at the Bob Evans Farm in Rio Grande. OVP | File Photo

By Kayla Hawthorne

khawthorne@aimmediamidwest.com

Following the trail in Gallia

Two quilt squares are located on Bob Evans farm in Rio Grande, “The Gallia County Quilt Barn Trail” and “Central Star Quilt Square.” A patriotic square is located at 778 Ohio 850 in Bidwell on the property of Rex and Louise Greenlee. The “Ohio Star”is portrayed on the Fisher property at 332 Kraus Beck Road near Gallipolis. The Lester Farm has the “Log Cabin” square at 3215 Ohio 233 in Greenfield Township. “Jacob’s Ladder” is on the Altizer’s property at 3835 Ohio 325 near Patriot. At 9 Evergreen Road near Bidwell is the “Snail Trail” quilt square.

“Texas Broken Star” can be found at 4743 Ohio 7 near the power plants on the Fellure’s property. “The Ohio Star” is on the south end of Gallia at 11665 Ohio 218 on the Fowler Farm. On the old GCCVB building is the “Unconventional Pineapple” at 61 Court Street. “Century of Progress” is visible on the Niday Farm at 844 Lincoln Pike. Located at 5673 Ohio 325 near Patriot on the Trout property is “5440 or Flight.” Also on the Trout land is the “North Star” square. At 7009 Ohio 775 is “The Carpenters Wheel” on the Carter Farm. Also on Ohio 775 at 1154 is “The Tobacco Leaf” on the Massie Farm.

Many more quilt squares can be found throughout Gallia County, with an estimated total of more than fifty.

Kayla Hawthorne is a staff writer for Ohio Valley Publishing. Reach her at (304) 675-1333, ext. 1992.

Kayla Hawthorne is a staff writer for Ohio Valley Publishing. Reach her at (304) 675-1333, ext. 1992.