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!

Parron-Smith program is May 10

With the April 15 release of the new book, “Following the Barn Quilt Trail,” Ashtabula County’s Barn Quilt Trail will receive additional exposure and recognition for its quilts on covered bridges.

689@2x-1Suzi Parron Smith, author of the book, interviewed local barn quilt trail co-founders Chris Angerman and Kathy McCarty for her second book on the subject. She also requested high resolution images of the county’s most stunning barn quilts. The committee submitted the Benson’s Bridge barn quilt on the Graham Road Covered Bridge.

Smith will be in Ashtabula on May 10 to talk about her adventures following barn quilt trails around the nation. Her program is sponsored by Ashtabula Friendly Quilters and is free. The First Church of the Nazarene, 1820 South Ridge West, is hosting the event.

Smith’s program gets under way at 6:30 p.m. She will sell and sign her new book following the presentation. The Ashtabula Quilters will offer refreshments and plenty of time for the quilting community to meet and talk.

Following Parron’s visit on Tuesday evening, the Lodge and Conference Center at Geneva on the Lake will offer a special Barns and Bridges tour of Ashtabula County starting at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 11. This tour will last three hours and will visit several of the county’s covered bridges, including those with barn quilts, and a several other barn quilt locations. The tour leaves from and returns to The Lodge and Conference Center.

Reservations for this tour must be made in advance; call the lodge front desk, 466-7100, to hold a spot on the tour. There is a charge for this tour, which will be led by Carl E. Feather, a barn quilt steering committee member and author of “The Covered Bridges of Ashtabula County.”

The Lodge and Conference Center is the official lodging host for Barn Quilt Trail visitors and the Parron-Smith event.

Getting the ball rolling

Less than three years ago, Suzi Parron – she was unmarried then – came to this very church to talk about the barn quilt movement. At that time there were only a few barn quilts scattered around the county, most of them only 2-by-2 feet and none of them on a formal “trail.” A barn quilt trail sets standards for the quilts so they will remain attractive for years to come. Having a trail with committee oversight also ensures that only those quilts that can be seen from the highway are included.

Gary Tabor built this covered bridge from discarded lumber. A monkey wrench-pattern barn quilt is on the bridge.

Gary Tabor built this covered bridge from discarded lumber. A monkey wrench-pattern barn quilt is on the bridge. Although not on the trail, Tabor’s 8-by-8-foot barn quilt on his toy museum in Williamsfield Township is on the trail.



Parron’s presentation lit a fire in the hearts of McCarty and Angerman, who were soon joined by those in the tourism development, arts and agriculture community to establish a trail. About nine months after Parron’s visit, volunteer firefighters from Plymouth Township raised quilt number one on the Ashtabula County Barn Quilts Trail. A modified log cabin design, the barn quilt is on the Blakeslee Log Cabin’s barn.

That 4-by-4-foot barn quilt has much company, with more than five dozen barn quilts on the trail. With support from the Ashtabula County Convention and Visitors Bureau, a map to the barn quilts, covered bridges and wineries of the county appears inside the 2016 Visitors Guide. The guides are available from the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau office on Austinburg Road, as well as at many restaurants, hotels and government offices.

Amir Garakouei, Ashtabula County Highway Department superintendent, watches as a new barn quilt is added to the Mechanicsville covered bridge the morning of July 16, 2015.

Amir Garakouei, Ashtabula County Highway Department superintendent, watches as a new barn quilt is added to the Mechanicsville covered bridge the morning of July 16, 2015.

The steering committee’s first barn quilt on a covered bridge, Graham Road, came in the fall of 2014. Since then, barn quilts have been added to the bridges at Mechanicsville and South Denmark. Slated for a barn quilt this year are the bridges at Benetka Road, Giddings Road and Doyle Road.

The Civic Development Corporation became involved in the project in 2015 and funded a number of 8-by-8-foot barn quilts on heritage farms and public properties. The CDC’s grant also will assist the City of Geneva in their massive 16-by-16-foot barn quilt on a downtown building. Painting of this quilt got under way last weekend with a group of volunteers assembling in the Geneva Rec Center to draw the patterns on the 16 individual “blocks,” or barn quilts. Painting of the patterns began Thursday evening.

When the barn quilt is unveiled in July, it will be, to the best of the local committee’s knowledge, the largest barn quilt in Ohio.

All of this was sparked by the visit from Parron in September 2013. Imagine what could come out her visit May 10!

For more information on Parron-Smith’s presentation, send an email to Visit the local barn quilt trail at And find out more about the new book at

Ashtabula County, Ohio, barn quilt trail with more than 100 quilts