Ottawa County Barn Quilt Trail

The Ottawa County 4-H Program and the Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council have teamed up to create the Ottawa County Barn Quilt Trail.  Barn quilts are painted quilt squares fashioned on boards and mounted on a barn or other building.  Unlike cloth quilts that are made up of a series of squares, a barn quilt is almost always a single square.  The concept of barn quilts began in Adams County, Ohio in 2001.  Today, barn quilt trails can be found in over 200 communities in 47 states. 

The Ottawa County Barn Quilt Trail is an invitation for visitors to take a driving tour around the county to view the quilt blocks mounted on barns and buildings and enjoy the unique character of Ottawa County.  In addition to promoting tourism, the Trail fosters an appreciation of barns, tells the story of an agricultural community, and displays the art, craft and legacy of quilt making in the region.

The barn quilts created and installed through Ottawa County is a result of a collaborative project made up of barn owners, artists, carpenters, and sponsors.  The first completed barn quilt was installed June 2017 at the Damschroder Hall at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds.  The goal is to have 20 installed by the year 2020.  At the project's completion there will be an informational brochure with a map of the Trail, identification of each quilt pattern, the sponsor, and the name of the club or organization that painted the square.  Please visit the Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council website for information on how you can help with the project at

A professioinal map is being prepared but in the interim, we have put together a map which shows generally where each of the barns are located in the County as well as a complete list of the barns with addresses.  A PDF copy is available here.

Here's a list of the installed barn quilt blocks to date:

1) June 24, 2017, Damschroder Hall, Ottawa County Fairgrounds, 7870 W SR 163, Oak Harbor, OH, (Salem Township), "Stars in the Attic": 









2) April 21, 2018, Diefenthaler Barn, 5805 N. Elliston Trowbridge, Martin, OH, (Benton Township), "Rings and Things":











3) July 8, 2018, Apple Barn, 2325 N. Benton-Carroll Rod, Oak Harbor, OH, (Carroll Township), "Wedding Ring":







4) September 29, 2018, Chet's Place Barn, 7150 W. Harbor Rd (SR 163), Port Clinton, OH, (Salem Township), "Voiliers":







5) September 29, 2018, Jim & Molly Sass Corn Crib Barn, 2435 E. Harbor Rd, Port Clinton, OH, (Portage Township), "Four Winds":









6) September 29, 2018, Paul & Connie Sandwisch Barn, 17402 W. SR 163, Graytown, OH, (Harris Township), "Star of Many Colors":








7) July 13, 2019, Bill & Nancy Kihlken Barn, 7275 E. Bayshore Rd, Marblehead, OH (Danbury Township), "Wild Iris":








8) July 13, 2019, Art Castillo Barn, 5791 W. Fremont Road, Port Clinton, OH, (Bay Township), "Egg Basket":








9) July 13, 2019, Ron Miller & Sheldon Miller Barn, 2794 S State Route 19, Oak Harbor, OH (Salem Township), "Ohio Star":









10) November 18, 2019, Richard & Mary Wood Barn, 17405 W. Elliston East West Road, Graytown, OH, (Benton Township), "My Four Sons":








11) November 18, 2019, Richard & Mary Wood Barn, 17405 W. Elliston East West Road, Graytown, OH, (Benton Township), "Mariners Compass":








12) July 28, 2019, NEC Properties, Inc., 3539 NE Catawba Road, Port Clinton, OH (Catawba Township), "Compass Rose":







13) July 28, 2019, Jerry Whipple Barn, 3988 N. Lickert Harder Road, Graytown, OH, (Benton Township), "Sampler Square":








14) July 28, 2019, Blakely Barn, 2608 N. Toussaint Portage, Oak Harbor, OH, (Carroll Township), "Harvest Star":








15) March 15, 2020, Rob Booher Barn, 3320 N. Lickert-Harder Road, Graytown, OH, (Benton Township), "54-40 or Fight":




16) March 15, 2020, Robert Textor Family Barn, 6725 N. Billman Road, Curtice, OH, (Allen Township), "The Four Sisters":




17) March 15, 2020, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Barn, 14000 W. State Route 2, Oak Harbor, (Benton Township), "Ohio Star Flying Geese":









18) March 15, 2020, Ann & Jeff Scott Barn, 1355 N. Carroll Erie Road, Port Clinton, OH, (Erie Township), "Labyrinth Star":









19) July 3, 2020, Ed & Judy Dewitz Barn, 10375 W. Genzman Road, Oak Harbor, (Carroll Township), "Friendship Star":









20) July 19, 2020, Shirley Beck Barn, 8601 W. Mudcreek Road, Oak Harbor, (Salem Township), "Double Square":









21) July 19, 2020, Shirley Beck Barn, 2375 S. St. Rte 19, Oak Harbor, (Salem Township), "Three In One":









22) July 19, 2020, Tony & Ann Valasek Barn, 2100 N. Opfer-Lentz Road, Martin, (Clay Township), "Morning Blossom":