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Join the Southern Quilt Trail- We are Waiting for You. Trail to draw Tourists to West Georgia
The Southern Quilt Trail promotes the heritage of quilt patterns by displaying this unique art form on historical barns and buildings in our communities and rural countrysides.
By: Haralson County Chamber of Commerce
In all, the Southern Quilt Trail has 18 hand painted quilts in various locations in Haralson, Carroll and Paulding Counties. Powder Springs has 11 quilt squares displayed on downtown buildings. In Buchanan, visit the old schoolhouse beside the Commissioner’
Gail Priest, Tourism Coordinator for the Haralson County Chamber of Commerce, said the goal of the Southern Quilt Trail is to attract visitors to our area in an effort to showcase West Georgia.
“The trail will bring people from all areas to each of our communities for a look at history. It is probable that they will spend money, either on hotels, meals or trinkets of the area. Tourism is Economic Development for the county,” she said.
More quilt squares are ready to be hung in downtown Bremen and Tallapoosa.
Organizers of Georgia’s Southern Quilt Trail began the program to showcase old barns and structures in their towns, as well as to share the folk art that has been left behind by past generations. However, the overall mission is to get people off the main highways and into the rural areas and the small, often forgotten towns to enjoy the countryside that the inhabitants of those towns enjoy so much. Eventually maps of the entire trail will be available in each participating town, as well as at the Georgia Welcome Centers.
The Southern Quilt Trail includes all types of designs, from the highly detailed to the simple, from those that form a picture to others that are a conglomeration of geometric shapes.
The original quilt trail began in 2001 in Adams County, Ohio, when a woman named Donna Sue Groves painted a quilt on her barn in honor of her mother, Maxine, who was a master quilter, and also to honor the heritage of quilting. Other counties in Ohio, as well as counties in East Tennessee are part of the Appalachian Quilt Trail. Iowa has its own quilt trail called “The Barn Quilt Project,” and Kentucky, Virginia and North Carolina also have recently started their own quilt trails.
To participate in the Southern Quilt Trail, a property owner must have a building or barn that has historical significance and is at least 50 years old.
For more information, contact the Southern Quilt Trail headquarters at 770-439-1780
or check out the website: southernquilttrail.com
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Haralson County Chamber of Commerce - Tourism Team
Haralson County is a rural community with an exciting and growing business climate. For over 20 years the Chamber has been a key partner in helping create and sustain the vision of our community's leaders. And that vision is expanding. With our unsurpassed location, beautiful countryside and "can do" spirit, we are proud to play our part in making dreams come true.