There’s no better way to experience the culture and history of rural Northern Indiana than driving through the scenic country roads of Marshall County. Hit the road to travel through the gently rolling countryside and see the many beautiful hand-painted barn quilts hung for display at over 60 unique locations.
Back in the spring of 2009, the Barn Quilt Trail awakened in Marshall County. And now, the colorful quilt-patterned murals adorn historic barns, family homesteads, and other public spaces. Connecting the Marshall County communities, the Barn Quilt Trail features a series of large murals painted in a variety of colors, patterns, and meanings. Each barn quilt has its own name, unique pattern, and special meaning to each landowner. Marshall County’s trail, Indiana’s first Barn Quilt Trail, celebrates the history of agriculture, the time-honored tradition of quilting, the community’s passion for art, community pride, and good ole Hoosier hospitality.
The art of quilting came traveled from European practice to the shores of American tradition; and quilts began to tell the tale of social and economic histories of individual families and communities. Ohio is home to the first known Barn Quilt, where Donna Sue Groves honored her mother by painting a quilted pattern on her own barn in 2001. The practice spread to Virginia, North Carolina, Iowa, and our very own Marshall County, Indiana.
Marshall County embraces its rich history of agriculture by telling stories and bringing color to beautiful landscapes through the Barn Quilt Trail. Allow our trail to take you through the country roads and picturesque landscape; it combines an appreciation for agricultural heritage with artistic talent and local history. Our trail has been divided into 4 geographic loops, with each loop beginning at the Marshall County Tourism office in Historic Downtown Plymouth. Each loop takes approximately 1-2 hours to drive, and all barn quilts are visible from the road. Along the way, visit the many other attractions such as local shops, restaurants, and farmers markets located within Marshall County.
Our treasured trail wouldn’t be possible without the support and enthusiasm of community members and volunteers who have dedicated time and effort to designing patterns, painting murals, and adorning their very own barns and businesses with our colorful, historic quilts. Marshall County Tourism created the Barn Quilt Trail, but the following organizations and community members contribute priceless assistance in maintaining the historic attraction:
- Marshall County REMC
- Banner Electric
- Marshall County Community Foundation
- Marshall County Residents
Self-guided Barn Quilt Trail maps are available at our office in Historic Downtown Plymouth or online at VisitMarshallCounty.org. We invite you to take time to unwind and experience, embrace, and enjoy our historic Barn Quilt Trail in Marshall County, Indiana!