Barn Quilt Trail of Boone County, Kentucky

Recently my Mom and Grandma took a day to discover the Barn Quilt Trail of Boone County, Kentucky. Here’s the highlights of their trip. Did you know that over 30 states and Canada have now begun to place quilt blocks on barns? I picked up a brochure and map from the Chamber of Commerce downtown Newport, and away we went.

Barn Quilt Trail of Boone County, Kentucky

A beautiful little cottage along the way….just one of those places where your eyes just automatically rested upon.

A Cottage

Beautiful Little Cottage on the Way

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This is Patty Birkle’s barn, of Petersburg, KY.

Many of the barns had welcoming places to rest in the shade.

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This quilt block is on The barn of Mary and Butch Wainscott in Petersburg, KY.

Virginia Adams beckoned us to get out of the car and “come on up”. There’s a kinship even with strangers when quilters start talking quilts. This block is located in Burlington, KY and is the property of Virginia and Harold Adams.

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A kinship with strangers based on love of quilts

After seeing the barn block, of course it is important to not be in a hurry. We were invited to sit on the porch and talk about local folk lore, stories of quilts, and other such relaxin’ stories as come about when you’re sitting on a porch on a hot summer afternoon – listening to bees buzz, crickets chirp, and watching the grass grow.

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a quilt block at a local alpaca farm

Linda and Greg Salsbury own this quilt block, “Sugar Loaf”. They also have a large Alpaca Farm with intentions of having the biggest and best Alpaca Farm in Kentucky.

A Side Trip to Rabbit Hash, Kentucky

Our meanderings took us to the famous town of Rabbit Hash, KY. (If you’re looking for restrooms, or fast food…well you better take care of that before arriving here.)

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a visit to Rabbit Hash, Kentucky

The store certainly had about everything you might need, or want…but no prepared food. We were in luck the day we visited Rabbit Hash. There was smoke rising from the bar-b-que grill down the road, so we were able to purchase a pulled pork sandwich which was delicious. Sitting on an old picnic table beside the river made it taste even better.

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everything you could ever need is here in the general store

And these fancy outhouses…well, they DID have electric lights.

fancy outhouses in Rabbit Hash, Kentucky

fancy outhouses in Rabbit Hash, Kentucky

In all, we only saw 31 quilt blocks on our adventure, but it took us all day, because it was about the adventure, not the destination.

There are barn quilt tours all over the United States. I did a quick internet search for barn quilt tours and got listings for tours all around the country! Just type in barn quilt tour and your state or area and I bet you’ll find something near you too!

When is the last time you took a day adventure with no agenda except making memories and enjoying time together? I’d love to hear!

About the author:
Ritchie Hale is a pastor’s wife, retired teacher, writer and skilled crafter. She and her husband live in northern KY where they are enjoying being close to family and friends. Mom to 3 and Nonna to 10 wonderful grandkids!

About Sharon Williams

Sharon Williams is a mom of 3 who loves to read, travel, take pictures, work in the flowers and spend time with family. When she's not blogging, she's probably out enjoying life so she'll have something fun to blog about tomorrow!


  1. says

    Wow! This is totally interesting. My mom, Aunt and sister all quilt and do many wonderful things with the products of their labor. When I find something unique that is happening as a result of quilting, I am always intrigued. This would be a great day trip to take with my own children or with the 7/8 or 4th graders with whom I volunteer. I am going to share this with them next week!

  2. says

    I love the laid back and old style place, it seems to me that it’s very peaceful and relaxing to be there.

    wow! that general store has a lot of thing in it.

  3. says

    That is so cool and looks like you had alot of fun! I love the general store. We used to have a store like that up by us, but all of them closing down around here…

  4. Nicole A. says

    Living on the west coast now these pictures really remind me of home. The barns, the grass, country. Makes me miss it!

  5. says

    I love this! We have an old house with an attached barn that I have always wanted to paint a Lonesome Star quilt block on, unfortunately it hasn’t been done. But it is on my list! Great post thanks for sharing!

  6. says

    Now this sounds like my kind of adventure! What fun to check out all those quilt blocks and talk to the local folks. I would love to spend a day doing that! Not sure my kids would enjoy it as much as I would though LOL

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