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FILE Wanda Hargett and her husband Rick, in Belgreen, will soon have a quilt block hanging on their historic barn that will be modeled after a quilt pattern Wanda’s mother used to create this heirloom quilt.

Quilt trail is good news for Franklin County

If you’ve ever driven through rural America, you’ve probably seen large quilt blocks adorning the fronts and sides of country barns along the highways and byways of our nation.

We don’t know about you, but we’re so excited that such will soon be a sight right here in Franklin County.

When we first learned the North Alabama Quilt Trail was looking to expand into Franklin County, it became obvious this would be a great addition to our little corner of the state. Trail-based tourism has increasingly become “a thing,” and it’s not a stretch to hope this quilt trail could bring new folks to the area – exposing them to our wonderful cities and county and drawing some tourism revenue for our local governments and businesses, from restaurants to gas stations. With agri-tourism being part of the stated mission of trail coordinators and volunteers, it would seem this hope is right on the money – no pun intended.

Two barns are already approved to be added to the quilt trail for Franklin County, and we hope everyone will take the opportunity to see these quilt blocks once they are installed in Tharptown and Belgreen. They will surely be a sight to behold.