Barn Quilt Tour of Champaign County, Ohio
Each year, join us for one of America's greatest Barn Quilt Tours. Although you can take the driving tour any time of year, each fall you can participate in our live, open tours of multiple historic barns.
Quilts on barns? - What an unusual idea!
The Barn Quilt concept started as a way to bring visitors to Champaign County to experience all that our community has to offer. Designed to highlight the agricultural heritage of Champaign County as well as the important folk art of quilting, the Barn Quilt Tour features large painted patchwork quilts blocks hung on the side of barns and other farm buildings. The Barn Quilts are visible 365 days a year.
Champaign County Barn Quilt Tour Offers Full Weekend of Events, October 13 and 14
The seventh annual Champaign County Barn Quilt Tour, October 13 and 14, stands out in a growing field of barn quilt tours in the Midwest. The tour offers locals and visitors a full weekend of activities for children and adults at several locations through scenic, rolling farmland at the height of harvest and fall color.
One $10 ticket covers admission to all stops from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, October 13 and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, October 14. Children 18 and under will be admitted free.
Tickets will be on sale:
- On the days of the tour at all of the stops and on at a tent in the southeast corner of Monument Square in historic downtown Urbana
- In advance through the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau, 113 Miami St., Urbana; 937-653-5764; 877-873-5764, at The Peoples Savings Bank locations of Urbana, St. Paris Hardware, and Security National Bank locations in Urbana, N. Lewisburg, and Mechanicsburg.
The tour was established in 2006 to celebrate Champaign County’s agricultural heritage, the folk art of quilting and the unique features and history of Champaign County. The tour has grown to include over 75 barns and other buildings that display large vibrantly-colored patchwork quilt blocks, each one a unique design, that adorn all sections of the county.
Throughout the year, visitors can drive through the county to view the barn quilts, guided by a map available from the Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau. In this aspect, the Champaign County Barn Quilt Tour is similar to others around the Midwest.
But unlike the others, the Champaign County tour every fall features one weekend during which selected barns and other participating sites are open for tours, displays and special activities.
The 2012 Champaign County Barn Quilt Tour sites include:
5. Anderson Barn
6150 E. State Route 187, Mechanicsburg
Sponsor: Dave Kehl Chevrolet
Enjoy the work of talented local artists, view two amazing quilt displays & delight in seasonal florals & fresh baked goods at this beautiful barn. The Wright Brothers band performs from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday.
75. valley View Farms
6874 State Route 54, Mechanicsburg
Sponsor: Mercy Memorial Hospital
An historical snapshot of Champaign County's rich agricultural heritage! Explore the history of the farm and its antique equipment. Enjoy an Underground Railroad presentation & quilt exhibit Sat. at 1 p.m.
champaign Quilter's quilt show
Roberts ”Olde Barn"
1148 State Route 55, Urbana
Three days of fantastic vendors, free take/makes, quilt raffle and a silent auction. Friday, October 12: 9 a.m. - 5 p .m., Saturday, October 13: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Sunday, October 14: 12-5 p.m. Admission $5 for Quilt Show only. $10 for entire Barn Quilt Tour.
74. oakview farms
“Oak and Swine Times”
1645 State Route 54, Urbana
Sponsor: Oakview Farms
Tour a local swine operation featuring innovative irrigation, waste management and temperature control systems. Farmer's Market produce & baked goods & Oakview Farm's savory pork sandwiches.
4. Lantz Barn
11756 E. State Route 29, Mechanicsburg
Sponsors: Urbana Daily Citizen and Vernon Family Funeral Homes. Learn the history of the farm and its former dairy operation, see the calves, view antique tractors, purchase pumpkins & mums, enjoy ice cream and children's autumn crafts.
57. Johnny appleseed museum
579 College Way on the campus of Urbana University
Sponsor: Urbana University
Celebrate Johnny Appleseed's Birthday and learn about his legacy in Champaign County! Tour the museum and indulge in a warm apple dessert.
28. Bauer Barn
3548 State Route 54, Urbana
Sponsor: Bauer Stoves & Fireplaces
Enjoy daily performances by the Champaign Dulcimer group (1-3 p.m), a vintage truck, tractor & boat display, innovative hand-built machines, RC models & machines, and a miniature barn display.
Click here to view the Barn Quilt Facebook Page
WIN PRIZES in the 2012 Clothes Line of Quilts Competition:
Click here to download the 2012 Clothes Line of Quilt entry form
Purchase RAFFLE TICKETS now for a chance to take home the 2011 Barn Quilt Tour Commemorative Quilt, a collaborative effort by visitors to the 2011 Barn Quilt Tour and members of the community!
Tickets on sale at the Chamber office, Peoples Savings Bank locations of Urbana, and St. Paris Hardware.
Click here to view our Barn Quilt Video
2012 Champaign Barn Quilt Tour Sponsored by:
Champaign Residential Services, Inc.
Mercy Memorial Hospital
Dayton Power & Light
Hemisphere Coffee Roasters
The Family of Robert & Dorothy Snyder
Spring Meadows Care Center
C & N Industrial Contractors
Drs. Bohl & Bauer
Robert Rothschild Farm
Security National Bank
AAA Travel Agency
Hearth & Home of Urbana
The Peoples Savings Bank
Bauer Stoves & Fireplaces
International Harvester Employee Credit Union
Heritage Cooperative, Inc.
The Medicine Shoppe
Dave Kehl Chevrolet
Sterling House of Urbana
Freshwater Farms of Ohio
Champaign County is conveniently nestled in the heart of west central Ohio.
- Established in 1805
- 30 miles from Columbus or Dayton; 10 miles from Springfield
- Serviced by U.S. Routes 68 and 36; within 15 miles of Interstates 70 and 75
- Blend of service, retail, manufacturing and agricultural businesses
- Miles of bike trails, hiking trails, rivers and wooded area wind its way through the county
- Population approximately 39,800; 428 square miles
- Quaint shopping, dining and art/antique shops
- Home to Warren Grimes the "father of aviation lighting"
- Well-known Champaign Countians include: William Saxbe, Clancy Brown, Johnny Appleseed and A.B. Graham
- Airport: Grimes Field (General Aviation)
- Home to Urbana University
- Destinations: Simon Kenton recreation trails, Cedar Bog, Ohio Caverns, Johnny Appleseed Museum, Mad River, Champaign County Fairgrounds, Kiser Lake State Park