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Virginia’s largest barn quilt trail runs through Greene County
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Virginia’s largest barn quilt trail runs through Greene County

With 70 quilt images on display countywide, the Blue Ridge Barn Quilt Trail in Greene County is Virginia’s largest barn quilt trail and one of the largest in the U.S., according to the Greene County Department of Economic Development and Tourism.

Launched in 2017, the trail is a collaboration between The Art Guild of Greene County and the county’s tourism program.

Barn quilts are squares of wood painted to look like quilt blocks and displayed on the exterior of barns, houses, garages or businesses. They emerged as a grassroots public art movement in Ohio and have spread to 48 states and Canada.

For trail participants, “it shows they care about their property and helps draw attention to agriculture,” said Greene County Farm Bureau President Joanne Burkholder, a trail participant.

Workshops have been held in Greene and Madison counties for individuals who want to create their own barn quilt squares. Greene County’s next goal is to have 100 quilts on display.

A trail map is available at the Greene County Visitors’ Center in Ruckersville, and a self-guided tour can be downloaded at exploregreene.com/explore/barn-quilt-trail.

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