Ashe County Barn Quilt Tours offered

August 30, 2013

The Ashe County Arts Council is pleased to announce the first van tours highlighting some of the best of Ashe County’s Barn Quilts.

All tours will depart from and return to the Ashe Arts Center. Let us do the driving. The cost is $15 per person; $10 per child under 12.

The dates include: one tour on Friday, Sept. 6, two tours on Saturday, Sept. 7, one tour on Friday, Oct. 11 and two tours on Saturday, Oct. 12. A minimum number of participants are required for each tour. Several of the tours have a lunch option at the Shatley Springs Restaurant.

Ashe County was one of three counties in North Carolina is be invited to participate in a pilot program creating Barn Quilts in Western North Carolina.

The project was funded by a Blue Ridge National Heritage Grant through Handmade in America. The first dozen barn quilts were part of the initial project with the number growing to 30 very quickly.

Individual artists and barn owners have added to the number of quilts creating more colorful art in our community. Jane Lonon, the executive director of the Ashe County Arts Council said, “the project has taken on a life of its own with barn quilts springing up everywhere in Ashe County. There are several businesses that have started in Ashe County to continue this project with artists creating barn quilts to sale.”

The tours will be accompanied by a docent to highlight the barns, highlight points of interest and give some history of Ashe County. The tours will be approximately two hours and the “lunch included” tours will be approximately three and half-hours. Get your seat on the van.

To make reservations or more information please call 336-846-2787. Tours will run rain or shine.