The black-and-white striped, 112 foot lighthouse at the Ludington State Park stands proudly on the shores of Lake Michigan.
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Mason County Barn Quilt Trail
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.
Recently, there has been quite a change to the landscape with the addition of the majestic wind turbines throughout Summit and Riverton townships. The Fall Color Tour is best enjoyed in October when the red, gold and orange leaves are at their peak.
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.
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:
For more information on the Mason County Barn Quilt Trail, please visit:
More Activities & Attractions in Ludington...
Ludington has many beautiful beaches and parks to explore. Enjoy a day on the shores of Lake Michigan or take in the scenery at a local park.
There are many places for anglers to try their luck, and Ludington has such a great variety of fish. The area also has great charter captains.
In addition to thousands of book titles, the Mason County District Library’s Ludington and Scottville branches provide many free programs.
The Barn Quilt Trail, highlighting the lost art of barn decor, is one of four trails that comprise the Mason County Cultural Trails.
Ludington’s North Breakwater Light is the number one lighthouse to see in Michigan! Take a trip along the breakwater path to see it up close!
Within the downtown Ludington region, several murals grace the façades of local area businesses, telling stories of the area’s rich history.
Ludington has miles of beautiful beaches, the Ludington State Park, and all the activities that take place in Mother Nature’s playground.
The Ludington Pumped Storage Plant and Lakewinds Energy Park are the two main sources of energy that power Ludington! Check them out!
The three accessible walkways installed at Stearns Park Beach in Ludington allow everyone to make their way to the water and sand.