October 18, 2019

The Quilt Trails of the Tar and Roanoke Rivers

The Quilt Trails of the Tar and Roanoke Rivers is a project the Franklin County Arts Council designed to capture 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 look at 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 east to Martin County. The plan is to follow the Tar River basin all the way to Beaufort County where the Tar empties into Pamlico Sound.

Team leader and Franklin County Arts Council member, Charles Edward Powell, 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 volunteer 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 Gallery On Main in downtown Louisburg (118-B North Main St., Louisburg NC 27549) and NC Visitor Centers. 

Click here to become a part of the Quilt Trails of the Tar and Roanoke Rivers.

Click here to download a printer friendly version of the Quilt Trail map and brochure >> 

Quilt Trails of the Tar and Roanoke Rivers need volunteers with carpentry skills to help hang Quilt Trail Blocks. We will provide materials and instructions on hanging blocks.

Contact Ellen Queen at 919-815-1614 or equeen@fcacarts.org

Thank You For Volunteering!!