The Rockingham County Quilt Trail Adds Two New Squares
The Rockingham County Quilt Trail has grown again with the addition of two new squares at the Museum and Archives of Rockingham County (MARC) and Bee Sweet Orchards. Both squares are located in the Wentworth area and bring the trail to a total of 33 throughout Rockingham County.
The MARC’s quilt square is located on the side of the historic brick Wentworth/Rockingham County Courthouse building, just above the parking lot. In two of the corners, the square depicts the County’s iconic historic structures: the historic courthouse and the Wright Tavern. The center is painted in a Grandmother’s Garden quilt pattern that was popular in the 19th century and is similar to the tile inlay seen in the floor inside the courthouse. The other two corners feature triangles in a Duck and Duckling quilt pattern to signify the wildlife found in Rockingham County.
See the square at the MARC at 1086 NC HWY 65, Reidsville, NC.
Owned by Paul and Veronica Winkler, Bee Sweet Orchards is an apple and peach orchard located in the rolling countryside between Madison and Reidsville. The farm features nine varieties of apples, 14 varieties of peaches, and four varieties of nectarines. It is also serves as a special events venue with an open-air style pavilion suitable for small weddings, parties and other gatherings.
Bee Sweet’s quilt square is located on the front of the main metal barn and can be seen as you drive up the entrance to the farm. The square features a tree pattern, adorned with peaches and apples, to represent the farms’ crops. There is also a honeybee at the top to pay homage to the “bee sweet” name.
Bee Sweet Orchards is located at 2229 Pannel Rd, Reidsville, NC.
Both squares were created by local artist Kathy Melvin with Bottle Tree Studio in Reidsville.
“These were the first squares I have been able to create for the Quilt Trail and it was a lot of fun working with both properties to connect the history and meaning of each one,” said Melvin.
About the Rockingham County Quilt Trail
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 (TDA) to make the trail a reality. Since then, the TDA has continued to add quilt squares to the trail and promote it.
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.
More information about the Rockingham County Quilt Trail, including a map, is available at https://www.visitrockinghamcountync.com/quilt-trail.