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Giddings Regiment barn quilt at fairgrounds

Giddings Regiment barn quilt
Giddings Regiment barn quilt

The Giddings Regiment barn quilt, no. 56 on the barn quilt trail, has found a home!

The barn quilt, commissioned by the Barn Quilt Trail Steering Committee, originally was to have gone on the Giddings Road covered bridge in Jefferson. However, the Covered Bridge Festival Committee objected to placing additional barn quilts on bridges, and a new home had to be found for the 4-by-4-foot Giddings Regiment quilt.

floral-buildingThe Ashtabula County Fair Board recently approved placing the barn quilt on the octagonal (floral) building at the fairgrounds, corner of Elm and Walnut streets in Jefferson. It was installed Sept. 26 by Artistic Woodworks’ Jeff and Rachel Scribben. Rachel painted the very detailed applique-type pattern of the regiment’s battle flag.

In installing the barn quilt, the Mariner’s Star that was already on the octagonal building was moved to another side so the Giddings barn quilt would align with the historical marker for the 29th OVI, which camped at the fairgrounds in the early days of the Civil War. This infantry regiment made up of men from northeast Ohio suffered heavy losses and was at many of the war’s major battles.

Barn Quilt Trail tours offered

Now through Nov. 16, 2016, The Lodge and Conference Center at Geneva-On-The-Lake is offering guided tours of the county’s covered bridges and barn quilts.

These tours are on Wednesday and Thursday mornings aboard a Lodge shuttle bus. They depart at 8:30 a.m. sharp and return by noon. The cost is $30 per person, and the tour must be booked in advance by at least 24 hours. Payment will be due at the time the tour is booked. For information or to reserve a seat, call 440-466-7100.

Out-of-town visitors can book a two-night stay package that includes the tour. For more information, visit the Lodge’s website or call 440-466-7100.

Geneva’s quilt in national calendar

Geneva’s Community Sampler is the January 2017 barn quilt photo in Suzi Parron’s Barn Quilts 2017 Calendar.

The sampler quilt was dedicated in July 2017 and commemorates the 150th anniversary of the village’s/city’s founding. It is the largest barn quilt in Ohio.

The calendar is available from Suzi’s website and the local committee is looking into selling it as a fundraiser for the trail.

Geneva’s 150th anniversary barn quilt

The new barn quilt in downtown Geneva was installed on Monday, June 20.

The barn quilt is made up of 16 4×4-foot barn quilts that were sponsored by Geneva groups, businesses and individuals. The barn quilt celebrates the city’s 150th anniversary.

Kudos to Amanda White, the city’s zoning and community development official, who spearheaded the project and worked with volunteers to paint the blocks. The installation was coordinated by Jeff Scribben of Artistic Woodworks, Jefferson.

A dedication will be held in July.

Barn quilt on the side of an East Main street building, downtown Geneva.
Barn quilt on the side of an East Main street building, downtown Geneva.

Tree of Life barn quilt installed on barn

The Tree of Life barn quilt removed from the Benetka Road Covered Bridge has been installed on the Dubach family barn in Saybrook Township.

Read about the history of the barn and the Dubach family’s dairy at the barn quilt’s page. Thanks to Jeff and Rachel Scribben for re-painting the border of this barn quilt and assisting with the installation.



Benetka Barn Quilt removed

After several meetings between Barn Quilt Steering Committee members and members of the Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Festival Committee, the Ashtabula County Engineer agreed to remove the Tree of Life barn quilt from the Benetka Road covered bridge.

Additionally, the committee will not be placing a barn quilt on the Giddings Road covered bridge.

Neighbors and members of the festival committee strongly opposed placing the barn quilts on bridges on the basis of them violating the historical nature of the structures and possibly causing damage to and uneven weathering of the siding.

Barn quilts will remain on Mechanicsville, South Denmark and Graham roads covered bridges.

Trail featured in Lake Erie Living

The May 2016 issue of Lake Erie Living has a story and photos about Ashtabula County’s Barn Quilt Trail.

Be sure to share the link with your family and friends, and don’t forget to head to the newsstand and pick up a magazine or two!

One of the photos from the Lake Erie Magazine article on the Ashtabula County Barn Quilt Trail.
One of the photos from the Lake Erie Magazine article on the Ashtabula County Barn Quilt Trail.

New quilt ready for Benetka Road

A barn quilt will go up on the Benetka Road covered bridge the morning of April 25, 2016.

The Ashtabula County Engineers Office and volunteers from the Barn Quilt Steering Committee will raise the 8-by-8-foot barn quilt on the bridge starting around 8 a.m.

The quilt, painted by Jeffrey Scribben of Artistic Woodworks, is a custom design.

Tour the bridges with quilts

Tours of Ashtabula County Covered Bridges will depart from The Lodge and Conference Center 8:30 a.m. every Wednesday in May.

These tours will include stops at several of the covered bridges that have barn quilts on them. Learn about our covered bridges heritage and the barn quilts as you enjoy the spring countryside from the comfort of a Lodge shuttle bus.

Seating is limited and reservations are required. Cost is $40 per person. Call 440-466-7100 to register.header image Ashtabula County barn quilt trail

Giddings barn quilt dedication

Giddings 3-1The barn quilt at the Giddings Law Office in Jefferson will be dedicated 10 a.m. June 18.

The freestanding quilt was sponsored by Rep. John Patterson.

The Giddings Law Office is on the National Register of Historic Places and is owned by the Ashtabula County Historical Society.

Tours of the office will be led by Mr. Giddings’ expert imposter!