Avery County Quilt Trail - Beech Mountain

AVERY COUNTY QUILT TRAIL

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Discover the natural beauty and heritage of the Appalachian region as you follow the Avery Barn Quilt Trail.

Barn quilts are a fairly new art form based long standing craft traditions of years past and Western North Carolina is home to one of the largest concentrations of barn quilt blocks in the country.

Many blocks are painted using basic geometric shapes and represent the history of the land, a building or family – in some cases, serving as a form of family crest.

Some traditional, others whimsical and even quirky, many of the blocks on the trail are inspired by everyday mountain life. These quilt blocks are a way to tell community stories and connect modern-day mountain life to the rich craft custom of Appalachian culture.

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BEECH MOUNTAIN

1: Carolina Star
Traditional Appalachian quilt pattern, selected by Jim Brooks and painted by
Fred Pfohl.

2605 S Beech Mountain Pkwy
Beech Mountain, NC 28604
LAT/LONG: 36.1818, -81.8741

2: Tulips
Beech Mountain Sled Shack, 401 Beech Mountain Pkwy
Beech Mountain, NC 28604
LAT/LONG: 36.1861, -81.8755

3: (a) Geometric Gameboard (b) Geometric Star
Gravel Parking Lot, 400 Beech Mountain Pkwy
Beech Mountain, NC 28604
LAT/LONG: 36.1865, -81.8745

4: (a) Beech Star (b) Kaleidoscope
Visitor Center Patio, 403A Beech Mountain Pkwy
Beech Mountain, NC 28604
LAT/LONG: 36.1865, -81.8754

5: Beech Mountain Blue Belle
Traditional Appalachian quilt pattern, selected by Wilson King, painted by
Renee Castiglione.

BM Chalet Rentals Building, 405A Beech Mountain Pkwy
Beech Mountain, NC 28604
LAT/LONG: 36.1874, -81.8750

6: Beech Mountain Star
Traditional Appalachian quilt pattern, painted by Doug Wood.
Beech Mountain History Museum, 503 Beech Mountain Pkwy
Beech Mountain, NC 28604
LAT/LONG: 36.1882, -81.8728

7: (a) Fall (b) Winter (c) Spring (d) Summer
These used the Little Beech Tree pattern (published in the Denver Post in 1931.) Painted by Doug Wood, Renee Castiglione, and Fred Pfohl.
Beech Mountain Public Works, 510 Beech Mountain Pkwy
Beech Mountain, NC 2860
LAT/LONG: 36.1876, -81.8720

8: Patriot Star
Beech Mountain Overlook, 702 Beech Mountain Pkwy
Beech Mountain, NC 28604
LAT/LONG: 36.1941, -81.8739

9: Halloween
Perry Park, 137 Tamarack Rd
Beech Mountain, NC 28604
LAT/LONG: 36.1946, -81.8672

10: (a) Fish (b) Fisherman
Designed and painted by Renee Castiglione, Doug Wood and Fred Pfohl for the Lake Coffey area on Beech Mountain.
Lake Coffey Pier & Restrooms, 111 Lakeledge Rd
Beech Mountain, NC 28604
LAT/LONG: 36.2044, -81.8762

11: Beech Fir Tree
Pond Creek Trails Convergence, 111 Lakeledge Rd (Trail Head Parking Lot)
Beech Mountain, NC 28604
LAT/LONG: 36.2051, -81.8753

12: Midnight Star
Sunset Park, 315 N Pinnacle Ridge Rd
Beech Mountain, NC 28604
LAT/LONG: 36.1981, -81.8848

13: (a) Albie’s Dream (b) Hiker and Biker
Designed and painted by Susie Knepka for the Emerald Outback trailhead. Albie is her little brown dog who patiently allows her to do her landscaping work around the mountain.
Emerald Outback Trailhead, 328 N Pinnacle Ridge Rd
Beech Mountain, NC 28604
LAT/LONG: 36.1960, -81.8842

14: Mystery Flower Garden
Traditional Appalachian quilt pattern selected by the Todd family, painted by
Fred Pfohl.

710 Pine Ridge Road
Beech Mountain, NC 28604
LAT/LONG: 36.2217, -81.8921

15: Windmill Flower
138 Rhododendron Road
Beech Mountain, NC 28604
LAT/LONG: 36.2225, -81.8963

16: Storey’s Star
Traditional Appalachian quilt pattern, selected by Wilma Storey, painted by
Fred Pfohl.

186 Buckeye Road
Beech Mountain, NC 28604
LAT/LONG: 36.2343, -81.9295

17: Summer Leaves
6455 Beech Mountain Road
Beech Mountain, NC 28604
LAT/LONG: 36.2229, -81.9275

18: Mitzi’s Star
Traditional Appalachian quilt pattern, selected by Mitzi McCloud Ulery, painted by Fred Pfohl.
3560 Old Beech Mountain Road
Beech Mountain, NC 28604
LAT/LONG: 36.2127, -81.9245

19: Sarah’s Song
Traditional Appalachian quilt pattern, selected by the Glenn Jones family, painted by Renee Castiglione.
4640 Old Beech Mountain Road
Beech Mountain, NC 28604
LAT/LONG: 36.2122, -81.9247

20: Texas Bluebonnet
Traditional quilt pattern, selected by Judy Hunter, who chose her pattern to reflect the Texas Bluebonnet wildflowers found at the LBJ ranch. Hunter says the pattern represents the local area, gardening, and Lady Bird Johnson, whom she greatly admires. Painted by Carrie Pennington.
1731 Old Beech Mountain Road
Beech Mountain, NC 28604
LAT/LONG: 36.2077, -81.9237

BANNER ELK & NEWLAND

21- Blazing Star
Traditional quilt pattern, chosen by Banner Elk town staff, painted by Renee Castiglione. This square can’t be seen from the car; you need to walk around the loop trail to the right in the town park.
Tate-Evans Park Barn, 210 Park Avenue
Banner Elk, NC 28604
LAT/LONG: 36.1635, -81.8680

22- (a) The Child Before Us (b) Circle of Courage
Designed and painted by Grandfather Academy students living at
Grandfather Home for Children.

Grandfather Home for Children Barn, 158 Grandfather Home Dr
Banner Elk, NC 28604
LAT/LONG: 36.1524, -81.8776

23- Squares in Squares
Smith Farm, 321 Parallel Road
Banner Elk, NC 28604
LAT/LONG: 36.1406, -81.8950

24- Sawmillers Blade
5810 Hickory Nut Gap Road
Newland, NC 28657
LAT/LONG: 36.0943, -81.9242

25- Mountain Laurel
Designed and painted by Mickey Banner’s art class from Avery County High School.
Avery County Public Library, 150 Library Place
Newland, NC 28657
LAT/LONG: 36.0887, -81.9269

26- (a) Philip’s Dream (b) Senior Veterans Flag (c) Drunkard’s Path
Traditional quilt patterns. Philip’s Dream and Senior Veterans Flag painted by Senior Center; Drunkard’s Path painted by Renee Castiglione.
Avery County Senior Center, 165 Schultz Circle
Newland, NC 28657
LAT/LONG: 36.0854, -81.9265

27- Young Minds
Designed and painted by Mickey Banner’s art class from Avery County High School.
Avery Board of Education, 775 Cranberry St
Newland, NC 28657
LAT/LONG: 36.0965, -81.9300

28- Back Alley Rose
Back Alley Pickers, 111 Estatoa Street
Newland, NC 28657
LAT/LONG: 36.0875, -81.9278

29- (a) Battleship Barn (b) Carpenters Wheel
Battleship Barn is a traditional quilt square used by Odell Sluder’s grandmother. Carpenter’s Wheel, on the other end of the barn, is his tribute to his father.
Painted by Odell Sluder.

578 Ivey Heights Rd
Newland, NC 28657
LAT/LONG: 36.0852, -81.9698

CROSSNORE & LINVILLE FALLS

30- Country Star
2600 N US HWY 19 E
Minneapolis, NC 28652
LAT/LONG: 36.0997, -81.9870

 31- Cross & Square
This traditional pattern is located on the side of the old Minneapolis Elementary School, which is now divided between businesses, a food bank and a church.
Candlestick Retreat, 61 Minneapolis School Road
Newland, NC 28657
LAT/LONG: 36.0990, -81.9874

32- Kentucky’s Twinkling Star
On the side of the old Buchanan barn. Artist: Fred Pfohl. To find Powdermill Creek Road, look for the Powdermill Creek Baptist Church sign.
78 Powdermill Creek Road
Newland, NC 28657
LAT/LONG: 36.0594, -82.0206

33- Melba’s Delight
On an old barn at the corner of 19E and 194S. The pattern was named after one of the owners. Painted by Peggy Coscia, Marie Bost and David Ollis.
Corner of US 19E and 194
Ingalls, NC 28657
LAT/LONG: 35.9719, -82.0125

34- Blue Flower
10033 Linville Falls Hwy
Newland, NC 28657
LAT/LONG: 36.0185, -81.9308

35- (a) Trout Stream (b) Square in Square
Parkview Lodge, 10345 Linville Falls Hwy
Newland, NC 28657
LAT/LONG: 35.9641, -81.9468

36 (a) Double Wedding Ring (b) Double Wedding Ring II
I is on the Franklin homeplace barn, and was painted by Dodie Thompson, Abby Thompson, Liz Trivette and Midge Allen. The Double Wedding ring motif is a very old design, which can be traced back to the 4th century.
Coffey Homeplace, on Linville Falls Hwy near the junction with 183
Newland, NC 28657
LAT/LONG: 35.9604, -81.9428

37- (a) Spizorinktum (b) Wiseman’s Windmill
These beautiful squares are located to the right on Stamey Branch Road near the corner of 194S. Both are on old barns belonging to the Wiseman family. Carter Wiseman had the square created; Spizorinktum was a word coined by Wiseman’s grandmother, which referred to having lots of energy. Artist for both is Heidi Fisher.
Wiseman Barn, on Stamey Branch Road at the corner of 221
LAT/LONG: 35.9970, -81.9414

38- Log Cabin
Located on the DAR building on the campus of Crossnore School & Children’s Home, this pattern can be found in a variety of settings throughout history, including in the wrappings of Egyptian mummies. As a quilt square, the pattern first appeared several hundred years ago.
Artist: Michelle Gouge and art students of Crossnore.

Crossnore School and Children’s Home, 100 D A R Dr
Crossnore, NC 28616
LAT/LONG: 36.0226, -81.9302

39- The Wandering Flower
This traditional geometric pattern is displayed on the side of the Crossnore Elementary School. Artist is Renee Castiglione.
Crossnore Elementary School, 1000 Walt Clark Road
Newland, NC 28657
LAT/LONG: 36.0259, -81.9254

40- Twin Squares
This site has two matching mirrored flower patterned quilt squares, mounted on the Crossnore School horse barn. Artist unknown.
Crossnore School horse barn, 907 Walt Clark Road
Crossnore, NC 28616
LAT/LONG: 36.0277, -81.9246

41- Sam’s Star
Located on the Cartner family barn in prime Fraser Fir Christmas tree-growing country, on the left at the top of Spanish Oak Road. Artist unknown.
Cartner Barn, 1463 Spanish Oak
Newland, NC 28657
LAT/LONG: 36.0564, -81.9412