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Schoolhouse barn quilt dedication set

A dedication of the 8×8-foot brick schoolhouse barn quilt will be held 2 p.m. Nov. 5, 2016, at Geneva Township Park, Austin Road and Route 531, GOTL.

This barn quilt is being painted by Artistic Woodworks. The CDC of Ashtabula County provided the funding for the quilt.

An open house is being held in conjunction with this quilt dedication. The purpose of the open house is to acquaint the public with the century building and receive input on plans to use it as a museum/learning center for the area.

Video presentations will run throughout the afternoon and Jack Sargent, GOTL native, will give a presentation on growing up on The Strip (3 p.m.).

Please join us for this dedication!

2017 Barn Quilt Trail map closed

Applications for inclusion on the 2017 Barn Quilt Trail map are no longer being accepted.

The Barn Quilt Trail has closed out the year with 81 barn quilts. Our gallery will be updated this fall to provide information on the latest barn quilts to join the trail.

If you are thinking about painting a barn quilt or having one painted for installation in 2017, please download the application here.

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 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.