The Board of the Adams County Travel and Visitors Bureau recently approved a plan to replace the Windmill Quilt square which was lost when the barn was taken down this past winter. The Windmill quilt was one of the original 20 quilts on Adams County’s “Clothesline of Quilts” driving tour dedicated 17 years ago. The original barn, once located at 46 Beasley Fork Road, near the intersection of SR 247 south of West Union, is no longer standing. The new location for the Hourglass Quilt will be at 1510 Beasley Fork Road about one mile east of its original location.
“We felt it was important to keep the Windmill quilt as close to the original location as possible,” said Tom Cross, Director of Adams County Tourism. “Luckily we found a barn close by whose owners were more than happy to allow the travel bureau to hang a quilt square there.”
The barn is on the property owned by the Young family. Ed Young said the barn was built by his father in 1933 from timber cut from the property. Young’s family farm is one of the oldest in Adams County and has remained in the family since 1804. Ed and Joyce Young were contacted by the Travel Bureau in April and agreed to allow the bureau to place an 8 x 8 quilt square at the top of the barn, covering the access door that was once used to store hay.
The Windmill Quilt was painted by Neil Miller, who matched the colors of the new quilt as close to the original as possible. The quilt square will be attached to the barn by Allen Miller Construction.
Last year the Adams County Travel and Visitors Bureau replaced the Hourglass quilt square which can be seen from State Rte. 41 across from Woodland Altars. In 2016 the Brown Goose Quilt square was restored and placed on the side of the newly painted Kirker Covered Bridge on State Rte. 136.
The goal of the TVB is to have all the original quilt squares back up on barns to once again complete the driving tour of Adams County’s Quilt Barns. LPK Brands in Cincinnati has updated the original Quilt Barn Trail brochure with the new locations of the quilts at no charge to the Bureau. This project is expected to be completed by late June or early July.