History of Quilt Trails
Tennesseans have a proud, rich history rooted by memories of childhood. Although their stories are not the same, often they can be linked back to a barn on a family farm or the quilt of a beloved Grandmother. Southern Middle Tennessee Quilt Trails are dedicated to all those wonderful stories and to Donna Sue Groves, the woman behind the barn quilts. What started out as only a joke between a mother and daughter in a small town Ohio community is now a thriving national grassroots movement.
The Southern Middle Tennessee Resource Conservation & Development Council sponsors the Southern Middle Tennessee Quilt Trail. This trail is a driving route throughout nine counties in southern middle Tennessee. It is designed to draw visitors to the region and promote sustainable economic development in rural areas. The trail is designated by an 8'x8' quilt block mural hung on barns, agri-tourism and other sites of historical and economic significance. Each route is carefully chosen for its potential to draw visitor traffic to the abundance of local businesses, artisanships, historic sites, educational opportunities and recreational activities this region has to offer. As the need for sustainable economic development in rural areas becomes more apparent, the Quilt Trail provides opportunities for community growth by promoting agri-tourism, creating community involvement and engaging residents in impacting their communities and protecting the heritage, cultural and natural resources of the region.
Serving Lawrence, Giles, Lincoln, Franklin, Coffee, Bedford, Moore, Marshall and Maury Counties in Tennessee.