New Square Added to Rockingham County Quilt Trail
Friends of the Chinqua-Penn Walking Trail hosted an unveiling and dedication ceremony on September 27, 2018 for a new quilt square, which is the newest addition to the Rockingham County Quilt Trail.
This Chinqua-Penn Trail quilt square was created in mosaic using hand cut stained glass. The featured images depict various scenes found along the 1.7 mile trail. The centerpiece shows the millstone Summer House, which also serves as the trail’s logo. Other images include a Black Angus cow, a bluebird, bamboo and a butterfly. The cow, bird and butterfly were inspired from trail photos taken by Rockingham County nature photographer, Gordon Allen. The quilt design also incorporates multiple “Y” shapes to give homage to the historic “Chinqua Penn” house designed by Jeff and Betsy Penn.
The quilt square was created by local artist and trail neighbor, Teresa Talley Phillips. This mosaic is presented by Sam, Teresa and Jack Phillips as a gift to Friends of Chinqua Penn Trail and is dedicated to the Talley Family who settled in this area in 1850.
The Rockingham County Quilt Trail began in 2015 as a project of the Piedmont Conservation Council (PCC) with a grant from the NC Department of Commerce. PCC partnered with Rockingham County Soil & Water and the Rockingham County Tourism Development Authority to make the Trail a reality. Since then, the TDA has continued to add quilt squares to the trail and promote it. The new Chinqua-Penn Walking Trail square brings the total number to 31 sites on the county-wide trail.
The purpose of the Quilt Trail is to promote tourism by encouraging local residents and visiting tourists to travel around Rockingham County’s beautiful rural landscape and shop the agribusinesses and locally-made products. The quilt squares are painted by local artists or created on aluminum 4’ x 4’ squares. Each square is a celebration of the rich agricultural heritage of Rockingham County. The squares are placed on the sides of barns, buildings and other structures.
Residents and visitors may view the new quilt square when they visit the Chinqua-Penn Walking Trail.
More information about the Rockingham County Quilt Trail, including a map, is available at www.VisitRockinghamCountyNC.com.
About the Chinqua-Penn Walking Trail
Part of America’s National Trails System, the Chinqua-Penn Walking Trail is a 1.7 mile loop set in the beautiful countryside on the Upper Piedmont Research Station in between Reidsville and Wentworth. The Trail was created in 1997 by the Research Station for the benefit of the public and is located on property adjacent to the historic Chinqua-Penn mansion, the 1920s home of tobacco magnates Jeff and Betsy Penn. The home is now privately owned and not open to the public. Friends of Chinqua-Penn Walking Trail have partnered with the Research Station to care for the trail since 2010. More information is at: www.ChinquaPennTrail.org.