Quilt Barns of Belmont County
Trails, in all forms, are all the rage these days. Belmont County has a picturesque, public art trail that takes you by some of the most scenic spots in the county such as Dysart Woods and Barkcamp State Park. Started in 2007, the Quilt Barn of Belmont County features 11 barns, two of which feature designs painted by “The Barn Artist” Scott Hagan. A native of Monroe County, Hagan began his career as the Ohio Bicentennial Barn painter and has painted quilt barns in several other Ohio counties. He painted the first of 88 Ohio Bicentennial Barns right here in Belmont County. In fact, the idea for the 88-county barn project was sparked when the Ohio Bicentennial Commission was looking for a unique way to advertise the anniversary and a member saw a photograph of a barn Scott had painted at his family farm in an article in the local Barnesville paper. Read more at http://barnartist.com/about-the-barn-artist.
See more beautiful Belmont County barns at https://www.visitbelmontcounty.com/barns
1. Overall Sam Herder of Sheep – Simpson Barn, 44680 Belmont-Centerville Rd., Belmont (just before the entrance to Dysart Woods). The pattern on this barn, located on the Drovers Trail Scenic Byway, depicts how animals were herded to the river. Directions: Take 1-70, exit 208, go south on SR 149. At the stop sign, turn left (east) onto SR 147. Go to the top of he hill, turn left at the stop sign. Follow SR 147 southeast out of Belmont for approximately three miles. The barn is on the left. The Historic James Kinney Farm House is now available for on airbnb.
2. Steadfast Steed – Ashby Barn, 45321 Belmont-Centerville Rd., Belmont. The creator of this design owned and admired horses and her daughter dearly loved their horses. After losing her daughter at age 17, the creator of this design spent many years recreating the things her daughter loved in her quilts. Follow the above directions to the Simpson barn. You will pass this barn three miles before Centerville, on the left.
3. Lovebirds – Ebbert Barn, 60400 Hunter Rd., Bethesda. In agriculture, typically you need a couple. The love of family and agriculture is signified in this pattern. There are hearts on the border and a twig with berries is being shared between the birds. Directions: Take I-70 Exit 208, go south on SR 149. Turn right (west) onto SR 147. At the Bethesda two-way stop, go south on 26 and travel through Bethesda. At the “Y” take 92, then south on 86. The barn is on the left.
4. Little Red Schoolhouse – 60310 26 Rd., Bethesda. Follow the directions for the Lovebirds barn, but stay on 26 out of Bethesda for approximately three miles. The barn is on the right. The pattern for this barn was chosen because the previous owner, Mrs. Martin, was a school teacher and so were her parents and grandparents. It was based on a quilt with a schoolhouse design on it made by Marietta Martin’s mother. The barn was the first of Belmont County’s quilt barns to be painted.
5. The Tulip, Hallstrom Barn, 37850 Bethesda-Barnesville Rd, Barnesville. The Tulip pattern was based on the quilt of the former owner’s grandmother. At this location is another barn built in 1837 that now has a Scott Hagan mural dedicated to military veterans and first responders. Directions: At the four-way stop in Bethesda, continue west on SR 147. The barn is located approximately half way between Barnesville and Bethesda across from South Central Power on SR 147.
6. Tractor – Borovich Barn, 65020 Glencoe Rd., Richland Twp., St. Clairsville. This quilt pattern features an Oliver tractor. Directions: I-70 Exit 216, go south on Rt. 9 for approximately three miles. The barn is on the right side (down the hill) before the village of Glencoe.
7. Guitars – Valley View Campgrounds, 43529 National Rd./U.S. 40, Belmont. The guitar pattern represents the barn’s location across the street from the former Jamboree in the Hills site. Valley View is now home to the Blame My Roots Country Music Festival. The 2020 event will be July 16-18. Visit www.blamemyrootsfestival.com for more information. Directions: I-70 between exits 208 & 213, west of St. Clairsville on Historic National Road/US Route 40.
8. Ohio Bicentennial Logo – Perkins Barn, 65975 SR 149, Belmont (near the entrance to Barkcamp State Park). This barn was the first in Ohio to be painted with the Bicentennial Logo in 2003 by Scott Hagan. He added the quilt pattern to the barn in 2008. From I-70 exit 208, to south on SR 149. The barn is on the left just before the entrance to Barkcamp.
9. Flying Geese – Hogue Barn, 64150 Brown St., Belmont. The flying geese is a traditional and popular quilt pattern. From I-70 exit 208, go south on SR 149. Turn left (east) on SR 147. The barn is located on the right, set back a bit off the road as you drive up hill.
10. Farmall International Harvester – Stephens Barn, 68965 North Rd., Barnesville. From I-70 Exit 202 take SR 800 northwest to CR 108 (North Road) just before Hendrysburg. Travel four miles on North Road and the barn is on the right with the quilt pattern facing north.
11. Buckeye – Raynes Barn, 56480 New Castle Rd., Belmont. From I-70 Exit 202, take SR 800 south to CR 148 East. Leave 148 and travel 3.4 miles on CR 26. The barn is on the left.