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March 12, 2010 Government and Politics

Clinton County Convention And Visitors Bureau News - Barn Quilts Blanket SW Ohio

From: Clinton County
Wilmington, OH - As the National Quilt Trail rapidly spreads across Ohio to 23 other states, Clinton County, in southwest Ohio, becomes one of the newest to immerse themselves in this clothesline of interconnecting barns decorated with quilt squares.

The project took wings in Clinton County when local resident Diane Murphy dreamed of celebrating the county's bicentennial celebration in 2010, blanketing the countryside with the patterns of yesteryear.  In only one year, Murphy secured 52 barn owners and sponsors to make this fast track project an overwhelming success.

A true grassroots project, Murphy secured donated supplies and volunteer labor for painting the art and installing the finished projects.  With everyone coming together to bring the dream to fruition, Murphy was able to make it all happen for a cost of only $400 per barn, demonstrating that even in a bad economy, dreams are possible.

A barn quilt self-driving tour map is available from the Clinton County Convention & Visitors Bureau, 877-428-4748.

As a distinct event of the 2010 Clinton County bicentennial, five of the county's barns will be highlighted on June 12 and 13, 2010. Each featured barn will depict a different era of history over the last 200 years. As an added bonus, Pamela Gray, the Barn Consultant, will be at the Clinton County Historical Society on June 10, at 7 p.m., presenting "The Americanization of the Family Farm."  This program is free to the public courtesy of the Clinton County Barn Quilt Project.

The barns featured as part of the official Tour in June are:

The Winkle Farm, owned by Ed and LuAnn Winkle, displays the quilt design "Optical Illusion". It is located at 3308 Martinsville Rd., Martinsville, and will depict the early 1800's when Clinton County was established. Vendors will be selling and demonstrating items that are reminiscent of that era.  Spinning, weaving and rug hooking are among the domestic arts to be demonstrated.

The Hadley farm, located at 1133 Lebanon Rd., Clarksville, will depict the 1860's.  The barn displays the quilt design "Rebecca's Freedom Lily" from an early 1800's family quilt.   The home, built pre-1830, will be open for the public to tour with its display of historic clothing and quilts.  Ginger cookies and lemonade will be available and the Clinton County Historical Society will be displaying and selling items that they designed for the Bicentennial, along with other vendors.

The Stokes Berry Farm, with the quilt design "Berry Basket" on their bank barn, has been operated by the Stokes Family for three generations. Their beautiful rolling hills of strawberry fields and raspberries are located at 2822 Center Rd, Wilmington. To add flavor to the period of the early 1900's you will be able to enjoy an old-fashion ice cream social sponsored by the Clinton County Leadership Institute.

The Murphy Homestead, located at 2846 Starbuck Rd, Wilmington, will be demonstrating farming practices from the 1940's with plowing, disking and planting demonstrations using machinery from the 1930's, '40's, and '50's. As you enjoy the sounds of the "Johnnie Poppers" working, you can also listen to music from the Big Bands of the era as the Red Cross serves up breakfast or lunch for your enjoyment.  "Sunbonnet Sue" is the quilt design that will be standing watch over the weekend's activities.

The Fliehman Farm, located at 13422 St. Rt. 22 & 3 East, Sabina, will be the host for the final stop in the activity laden tour of barns and history.  Ken and Ginger Fliehman along with the East Clinton FFA will host a taste of the 1970's.  There will be a petting zoo and a step back in time, with foods from that era. With the resurgence of quilting in that time period, the Clinton County Quilt Guild will be demonstrating the beautiful art of quilting.  They will also have on display the quilts that will be raffled at the Corn Festival in September.  The quilt block, "Garden of Eden," will be the focal point of the weekend's activities at the Fliehman Farm.

Barn Quilt Tour Hours:
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 12, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 13.

Advance tickets for the two day event are $10.00 (12 and under are free) and will be on sale at the Cotton Junky Quilt Shop 937-366-6302 and the Clinton County Historical Society 937-382-4684.  For more Information you may also call the Clinton County Visitors Bureau at 1-877-428-4748.  Tickets will also available at the Banana Split Festival on June 11 and12 at Denver Williams Park in Wilmington.  Tickets for both days may also be purchased on the days of the event at the featured barns for $12.00. (12 and under are free)

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