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Door County's Barn Quilt Trail

"Storm at Sea" Barn Quilt Photo, Door County, Wisconsin

As with other communities throughout Wisconsin, Door County has embarked upon a barn quilt effort of their own. Organized by the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay Extension Office in partnership with 4H, Future Farmers of America (FFA) and other community groups, it appears their efforts have been very successful in just three short years.

According to their website (http://www.barnquiltsofdoorcounty.com/?format=html&page=1) there are more than 30 of the colorful squares gracing a variety of rural buildings around the county. The program as developed by the UW Extension Service is largely intended to encourage tourism around the state, creating awareness for our farming heritage. Door County in particular has been successful in this mission given the number of older farm buildings hosting these large 8' x 8' pieces of art.

When I arrived to Door County, I had already seen a number of barn quilts on my drive through Kewaunee County along Hwy 42. I also knew from the Door County Barn Quilt website, that there was a particular building in Casco that I wanted to see and photograph . . . and 1900's granary building featuring a quilt entitled "Black & White Star." What makes this particular building especially unique is that it still has its original cedar shingles.

While I did not intentionally search out any other barn quilts, I was pleasantly surprised that during my four days of travel around Door County, I had the opportunity to photograph a number of other buildings that were more than 100 years old. And amazingly, most were in exceptional condition in spite of the harsh winters endured in Northeastern Wisconsin.

Other highlights included:

"Four Flags" located on Hwy 57 near Jacksonport. This barn was built in the late 1800's of logs.

"Duck Feet" is on one of the buildings that comprises an 1890's homestead near Baileys Harbor.

"Storm at Sea" is located on Hwy 57, south of Sturgeon Bay about half a mile from Renard's Cheese. The barn where this quilt is located is part of a farm that has been in the same family for more than 130 years.

"Apple Tree" is also located on Hwy 57, south of Sturgeon Bay. This lovely farm has been in the same family for three generations and appears to have been modernized in recent years.

For those planning a visit to Door County, I encourage you to look up the various barn quilts that may be seen around the area. Most are visible from the road, often right on the main roads (Hwy 42 and Hwy 57) that traverse Door County. Their website (link provided above) has a map with general locations of the various quilts.

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