Randolph County and the city of Elkins are now among the growing number of West Virginia communities offering a barn quilt trail.
Elkins Main Street initiated the project in May and the first 8-by-8-foot block was erected on the YMCA building Thursday. A traditional Appalachian quilt pattern, the Maple Leaf, will add color and atmosphere to downtown Elkins, noted Sid Gillispie, YMCA director.
“We chose the Maple Leaf pattern to go with our Forest Festival activities at the Y,” Gillispie said. “Overall, the quilt block adds cheer and color to the city and we hope to inspire other businesses to buy into the program, adding even more color to the town.”
During the annual Forest Festival celebration, the Elkins YMCA houses the quilt show and the forestry and photography exhibits.
“Five to six thousand people walk through these YMCA doors during Festival week,” added Gillispie. “We want to make it easy for people to find the Y and this quilt block will be invaluable in locating our building…”