Historic Carson House Barn Quilt

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Historic Carson House Barn Quilt

Col. John Carson was an Irishman who immigrated  to America in 1773 to start a new life and a new way of life.  What is now McDowell County was considered part of the American frontier.  Carson built Mc Dowell County’s most historic home which has been completely restored, filled with period furnishing and is open to the public.  The home is a certified destination on the NC Civil War Trail.  This property was a stagecoach stop for significant visitors such as Davy Crockett and Andrew Jackson. On the property rests the Carson House Barn which hosts a beautiful barn quilt....

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Sentimental Value

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Sentimental Value

This barn quilt design goes back generations and is hanging on the barn on the family property.  I need to locate my notes to do justice to their story, but the gentleman we met works for the community college there and was so interesting in his sharing.  I loved the design and its place on the old barn.

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“Pickin’ and Grinnin’ “

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“Pickin’ and Grinnin’ “

When Killough”s Music in downtown Marion, NC decided to host an authentic Barn Quilt block on their building, they knew exactly what it had to be…something to honor their passion for music.  They selected “Pickin” and Grinnin’ ” for their block.  The Killough family are natives of McDowell County and their roots there go back to the 1700s.  “Pickin’ and Grinnin’ ” display four guitars and four banjos in the design.  Walking through downtown Marion is a fun day trip from Statesville,...

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“Glory Be”

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“Glory Be”

Sue Gibbs, whose home is on East Main Street in Old Fort, chose the “Glory Be” Barn Quilt to host on her home because in her own words, “You can’t be patriotic enough.”  If you’re driving by on East Main Street, be careful not to blink or you might miss it.  It really is lovely and her home and yard is beautifully maintained.  This is the 36th Barn Quilt to be placed on the Trail.

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Moon Over the Mountain

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Moon Over the Mountain

Dr. John and Jennifer Owens are the proud hosts of the barn quilt “Moon Over the Mountain” which is displayed on their Lake Tahoma Boathouse.  The vibrant colors are a real eye-catcher as one drives through this very scenic part of western NC.  The quilt block itself is split down the middle vertically, for ease of opening the double doors of the boathouse.  Just beautiful!

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NC Barn Quilts Trails

Posted by on Dec 7, 2011 in Favorite Places, My Blog, NC Barn Quilt Trails | 0 comments

NC Barn Quilts Trails

In May, 2011 a good friend and I set out on our first non-guided tour of McDowell County Barn Quilt Trail.  We really had no idea what to expect and the two of us are known to be “up for new experiences.”  Neither of us has ever met a stranger…well, not one that remained a stranger more than a New York minute!  The drive was an easy one and picturesque along the way.  I had researched the Barn Quilt Trail on-line before we started out so we more or less had mapped out our day’s schedule.  The quilt featured in this post is “Arrowheads” which is on the exterior wall of the Town Hall in Old Fort, NC.  The quilts are all authentic barn quilt designs and sanctioned by and registered with  the McDowell County Arts Council.  To get more information or apply to host a Barn Quilt on your property visit  http://www.mcdowellquilttrail.org....

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