The Quilt Trails is a Franklin County Arts Council project that captures the history of our community through the display of quilt blocks on historic buildings and structures in Franklin and surrounding counties. While traveling through Central and Eastern North Carolina to view the quilt blocks, travelers can enjoy the area’s art, history, agriculture, and scenic byways. What began as a local endeavor has spread from Franklin County to 7 counties? Plans are to follow the Tar and Roanoke River basins to the coast covering Eastern North Carolina.
The Quilt Trails were launched by Charles Edward Powell and a team of dedicated volunteers. Charles has been instrumental in the growth of the Quilt Trail. The Tar and Roanoke Rivers Quilt Trail is patterned after the highly successful Quilt Trails of Western North Carolina. Our trail is the only official trail in Eastern North Carolina and has a priority to bring tourist to the area to explore our rural heritage. Each block has a different story to tell about the owners and their location.
Members of Franklin County Arts Council put in many hours building, priming, and painting the quilt patterns onto the wooden blocks. The blocks are square, wooden blocks sold in 2'x2', 3'x3', 4'x4', 6'x6' or 8'x8' sizes and are painted with a single quilt block pattern.
Visitors may pick up maps from the Franklin County Arts Council (99 Bickett Blvd. Louisburg NC), NC Visitor Centers, and The Broken Needle Quilt Shop in Bunn NC.
Volunteer - Quilt Trails of the Tar and Roanoke Rivers need volunteers with carpentry skills to help hang Quilt Trail Blocks. The Arts Council will provide materials and instructions for hanging the blocks. Contact Ellen Queen at email@example.com or
Thank You For Volunteering!!