Mason County Barn Quilt Trail

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Many Homesteads Make Up the Barn Quilt Trail

Mason County is home to dozens of barns, many of which have been in existence for a century or more. It was quite common for these barns to feature a variety of decorations, something that became a lost art in recent years. Now, as part of the Mason County Cultural Trail, a Barn Quilt Trail is taking shape.

Each quilt is actually an 8′ x 8′ plywood square in which the barn owner (or an artist of their choice) can paint a design. The barn owner is responsible for the cost of the squares, but is helping the community become a richer cultural area by displaying them.

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Take a relaxing drive following the trail, bring your camera and a picnic lunch, and make a day of it. It’s an activity that’s family friendly and absolutely free.

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These are the barn quilts approved by the Cultural Economic Development Task Force. Dial (231) 480-3084 and use the following extensions for an audio narrative:

  • (200) “Mariners Compass” at the Mason County Fairgrounds West Harness Horse Barn- 5302 U.S. 10, Ludington
  • (205) “The Carpenters Wheel” located on the Springdale Morgan Farm- 7170 E. Dewey Rd., Fountain
  • (201) “The Pine” at Historic White Pine Village– 1687 S. Lakeshore Dr., Ludington
  • (209) “Blazing Star” on the Shagway Arts Barn- 5949 Shagway Rd., Ludington
  • (207) “Lone Star” at the Ron & Carla Iris Farm- 2774 W. Victory Dr., Ludington
  • (204) “Michigan Beauty” at The Jam Farm– 5075 W. Meisenheimer Rd., Ludington
  • (202) “The Windmill” at the Fuhrman Farm- 4027 S Stiles Rd., Ludington
  • (206) “The Lithuanian Quilt” on the George & Jill Budzysnski Farm- 3338 N. Campbell Rd., Ludington
  • (208) “The Farmer’s Daughter” on the Jean & Shelly Sterley barn- 3966 Victory Dr., Ludington
  • (203) “The Carpenter’s Wheel” at Debra Weaver’s barn- 4509 S. Schwass Rd., Scottville
  • “Circle of Angels” on the Phillipi Quarter Horse Farm- 5641 W. Derek Rd., Ludington

The Barn Quilt Trail is a part of the Mason County Cultural Trails. Also included are:

The Sculpture Trail

The Lumber Heritage Trail

The Agricultural Trail