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The pictured paintings on the sides of barns are more than just a decoration. They are works of art and reflection of Appalachia culture valued by natives and visitors alike, courtesy of Quilt Tours hosted by counties across North Carolina.
Begun by an Ohioan woman to pay tribute to her Appalachian heritage, barn quilts have found a firm foundation of interest in Western North Carolina. Artfully synthesizing history, culture, and community spirit, they can be found along highways and back roads in counties such as Yancey, Mitchell, and Haywood.