Quilts are a simple comfort that served as a stark contrast to the rugged world our forefathers toiled in. And they were more than just an item of comfort, they became an outlet for creativity and often, recycling of household textiles that have outworn their initial purpose. Harford County, Md., known among other attractions to be a mecca of rural beauty, has a new quilt trail and app to help you experience the offerings to the fullest extent.
Check out Harford County’s Quilt trail. A new app, developed by Visit Harford, the county’s tourism office, is designed to engage visitors and residents in the rich culture and history of Harford County through a Passport to the Barn Quilt Trail. The free app is available by clicking “Passport” in the Destination Harford app. “We’re spotlighting the historic barns, family homesteads and public spaces that are the backdrops for these rich, colorful, painted quilt designs,” says Greg Pizzuto, executive director of Visit Harford. “Whether you’re a “stay-cation” resident or a vacationer in Maryland, this app makes it effortless and fun to celebrate the beauty, history, agriculture and small businesses of this county.”
The trail includes a collection of quilts painted on barns and buildings owned by local farmers. Visitors can also find dairies, museums, farm markets, restaurants and nature environments on the trail. The app provides a “passport” that encourages users to visit each barn quilt location and post a “selfie” taken in front of the quilt. Visit two quilts, and become a novice. To be eligible to win prizes, participants must visit four or more quilts. Submitting four quilts earns Intermediate status, and eight or more quilts designates you a Master.
“It’s easy to play, and it’s an opportunity to explore Harford County from a new point of view,” Pizzuto says. “The barn quilts reflect the history, diversity and current business of the owner, and the app is intended to highlight these Harford County destinations.”
The Barn Quilt Trail “opened” officially in May of this year and showcases approximately 20 quilt designs at various locations throughout the bucolic county. Barn or building owners can apply to have their barn quilt painting included on the trail by completing and submitting an application to the Barn Quilt Trail steering committee. Visit the website BarnQuiltsofHarfordCounty.com for more details.
While touring the countryside from quilt to quilt, be sure to enjoy the farm fields, rolling hills, forests, streams, state parks, lighthouses, historic villages, rivers, quaint towns and the bay. Some of our favorites include getting an ice cream at Broom’s Bloom Dairy, strolling through the historic village at Jerusalem Mill, seeing eagles at Conowingo as well as the impressive dam and power plant, strolling the promenade in historic Havre de Grace after a nice waterfront restaurant meal, hiking at Susquehanna State Park and watching the grist mill in action. You’ll not tire of all the great extras you’ll see while exploring the quilt trail. For Harford County tourism information on local events, restaurants, attractions, sightseeing opportunities, sporting and recreational facilities, entertainment venues and more visit visitharford.com.