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.
School Houses Of McDowell
“SCHOOL HOUSES OF MCDOWELL” BLOCK NO. 154 ON QUILT TRAIL
When Interim Superintendent Mark Garrett first came to McDowell County to serve our school system, he was intrigued by the many picturesque quilt blocks adding charming accents to the various buildings in and around his new surroundings. Soon he discovered that one by one over the past few years the county’s schools were displaying quilt blocks of their own. Mark mulled with the idea that one day the Central Office of McDowell Schools should host a block also, and was instrumental in doing just that. A pattern emerged that is designed to include and support all twelve schools as well as represent the entire school system including financial, instructional, maintenance and supplies...