Patchwork Jewels of Monroe County: Loop One

Monroe County rises from the banks of the Ohio River and spreads across the Appalachian foothills of eastern Ohio. Settled in the early nineteenth century, its history of agriculture, mining, and commerce is revealed in thriving towns dotting the rural landscape. Celebrating its bicentennial in 2015, Monroe County treasures that history, using barns and other buildings as canvases on which residents have recorded their heritage. Drive through Monroe County with host Karen Schaefer as she explore the history of barns and quilting. Loop I travels north and west of Woodsfield. Along the way, you’ll learn how a community art project continues to inspire residents and travelers alike.

The second quilt barn trail created in Ohio, the Monroe County trail encompasses some unique stories, such as the advent of using barns for advertising and the young artist who learned his trade from the last Mail Pouch barn painter in the state. Please remember that quilt barns are located on private property and should be viewed from public roads. Don’t forget to exercise caution if you stop to take pictures of the barns. This tour was made possible by a grant from the Ohio Arts Council.

Begin each track at the location indicated. Important sites from the tour are marked on the map and under each track heading. Sites that are highlighted in blue link to additional information.

Track 1


Track 2

Woodfield, North on Route 800 39.7625729; -81.1153842

Track 3

Shoo Fly Barn 39.7981381; -81.12787120000002
  • Shoo Fly Barn, 48313 State Route 7800

Track 4

Traveling North on SR800

Track 5

Bow Tie Barn 39.8506572; -81.1478709999998
  • Bow Tie Barn; 52029 State Route 800

Track 6

Bow Tie Barn

Track 7

Maple Leaf Barn 39.8262389; -81.16448639999999
  • Maple Leaf Barn, 50233 County Road 145

Track 8

Driving South on Route 145

Track 9

Crazy Patch Barn 39.7691337; -81.21461099999999
  • Crazy Patch Barn; 46286 State Route 145

Track 10


Track 11

State Route 78, returning to Woodsfield

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