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Barn Quilt Trail

It's important to us that you live somewhere you'll love! Plymouth real estate agents on our team don't just know Plymouth homes for sale inside and out. They live where they work and know the community just as well.

There are many special things about Plymouth – and about Marshall County as a whole. And sometimes, that may be just as simple as looking up at the side of your local barn when you travel along the Barn Quilt Trail!

Never heard of it before? You're in for a treat. Prepare for a unique adventure!

The Marshall County Barn Quilt Trail Is a Local Tradition You'll Love to Explore

Rural Northern Indiana is known for its gently rolling countryside and, of course, its carefully painted barns. Many local residents enjoy driving through the countryside just to see it all for themselves.

But, back in 2007, the view got even better thanks to a unique artistic initiative. 

The Barn Quilt Trail consists of a Northwest Loop, Northeast Loop, Southwest Loop, and Southeast Loop leading you on a journey to see a grand total of 76 barn quilts. Barn quilts consist of a special quilting pattern with historic or sentimental importance to the owners of each barn.

Every branch of the Barn Quilt Trail is meant to be explored starting from the Marshall County Convention and Visitors Bureau right in Plymouth. From there, depending on the route you choose, you'll spend anywhere from one to two hours witnessing the colorful creativity of the local residents.

Most of the stops on the trail are traditional post and beam barns. However, there are also some pole barns. Some of the quilts are displayed on residential homes, yards, or even local community centers to help make them more accessible to visitors.

This official Marshall County Barn Quilt Trail map gives you a great idea of what to expect.

Barn Quilts Are an Important Part of History Here in Marshall County

On the Barn Quilt Trail, you'll actually be seeing large-scale murals rather than quilts. But each quilt design is based on a pattern submitted by barn owners and other members of the community. Over generations, many quilts have come to obtain deep and profound meaning.

In Indiana's early history, rural neighbors could be hundreds of miles apart. It was important to be as self-sufficient as possible, but also to be prepared to welcome visitors who journeyed a long way to reach you. The quilt had the power to serve both purposes.

Not only did they protect the family in winter, but they could also be used to warm up a newly arrived guest.

Quilt patterns were often passed down in the family and could even go back hundreds of years to Great Britain or European points of origin. Typically, a family would have only a few quilts, each of which would grow with passing generations as more family members added onto them.

The Marshall County Barn Quilt Trail is the first of its kind in Indiana. It celebrates this rich cultural heritage, which can be glimpsed all throughout America's heartland and even beyond. When you decide to follow the Trail, you are experiencing a piece of social and economic history like none other.

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