The Quilt Trails is a Franklin County Arts Council project that captures the history of our community through the display of quilt blocks on historic buildings and structures in Franklin and surrounding counties. While traveling through Central and Eastern North Carolina to view the quilt blocks, travelers can enjoy the area’s art, history, agriculture, and scenic byways. What began as a local endeavor has spread from Franklin County to 7 counties with plans to follow the Tar and Roanoke River basins to the coast covering Eastern North Carolina.
The Tar River Quilt Trail was launched by Theresa Brown and Stephen Filarsky in September 2011 as a moneymaking project for Franklin County Arts Council and a way to set Franklin County apart to attract visitors to the county. Theresa and Stephen turned the Quilt Trail project over to Charles Powell and a dedicated team of Art Council volunteers. Charles has been instrumental in the growth of the Quilt Trail; and, with growth and expansion into surrounding counties, this resulted in changing the name to Quilt Trails of the Tar & Roanoke Rivers. The Quilt Trail is patterned after the successful Quilt Trails of Western North Carolina. Our trail is the only official trail in Eastern North Carolina and has a priority to bring tourist to the area to explore our rural heritage. Each block has a different story to tell about the owners and their location. Proceeds from the sale of Quilt Blocks supports local art projects and local artist.
Members of Franklin County Arts Council put in many hours building, priming, and painting the quilt patterns onto the wooden blocks. The blocks are square, wooden blocks sold in 2'x2', 3'x3', 4'x4', 6'x6' or 8'x8' sizes and are painted with a single quilt block pattern.
Visitors may pick up maps from the Franklin County Arts Council (99 Bickett Blvd. Louisburg NC), NC Visitor Centers, and The Broken Needle Quilt Shop in Bunn NC.
Volunteer - Quilt Trails of the Tar and Roanoke Rivers need volunteers with carpentry skills to help hang Quilt Trail Blocks. The Arts Council will provide materials and instructions for hanging the blocks. Contact Ellen Queen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-815-1614.