The trail program began in June 2009 as part of a grassroots interest to extend the Quilt Trail of Western North Carolina to McDowell County.
The purpose of McDowell County Quilt Trail is to promote tourism; preserve history and help improve the economy in McDowell County. We are a program of the McDowell Arts Council Association (MACA). We see our blocks as community art that are connected by name or design to the history of the land, building or family that is hosting the block while bringing life to our buildings.
McDowell Quilt Trail
MCDOWELL NAVY PILOT HOSTS QUILT BLOCK: “ANDERLIN”
Aviator Michael McLaughlin considers Marion his hometown having been raised here since he was seven years old. His rank as Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy has kept him busy since 2007 as a F-18 fighter jet pilot.
Enlisted full time, his career began with his first deployment in 2007-08 to serve in Last Operation Iraqi Freedom (LOIF) and continued in 2010 with the Enduring Freedom War in Afghanistan...