ROADSIDE MICHIGAN: Alcona County’s “Quilt Trail”
Have you ever taken a journey down a quilt trail?
Well, neither have I.
But after reading about the Alcona County Quilt Trail Project, featuring Michigan’s very first Quilt Trail, you just might wanna give it a shot.
In 2008, residents of Alcona County volunteered and constructed, painted and mounted large wooden squares of quilts on the fronts of barns and other sites, making a literal "trail of quilts" for all to drive down and see.
The Quilt Trail was completed in 2009, with just over 25 quilted buildings for all to find...and they made sure that these places had ample room where you can pull your vehicle over if you wanted to stop and take pictures or longer looks.
The design of the quilts is meant to reflect the area, the towns, the people, local history and ancestry.
What you need to do is get over to Harrisville, right on Lake Huron, straight east of Grayling. Once there, you can get maps and brochures giving you the route, historic info and any relevant business hours of the Alcona County Quilt Trail. Go to almost any business or the Chamber of Commerce and pick 'em up!
KEEP IN MIND: The route goes through the entire county of Alcona, NOT just around Harrisville, making it a pleasant, scenic drive!
Quilt artwork and quilt kits are also available with proceeds going to the Alcona County Quilt Trail Project.
It's another little-known Michigan sideshow that should be a fun, informative and interesting little roadtrip!