Barn Quilts and Hidden History Murals Trails

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What's New with Barn Quilts & Hidden History Mural Trails & Area Events

Barn Quilts - 2016 QUILT BLOCK CONTEST, Marquette County Fair, July 7-10th, County Fairgrounds, County M, Westfield, WI.


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About Barn

Marquette County Home & Community Education (HCE) Association

Barn Quilt blocks, many representing heritage quilt designs, are painted on 8’x 8’ exterior signboard and then hung on barns or buildings throughout Marquette County. Nineteen Barn Quilts are hung along the mural trail already and more are planned. We are excited about sight-seers driving along our highways and byways and enjoying these rural works of art. You are invited to visit our towns, shop, and enjoy meals and overnight stays. 

Would you like a Barn Quilt on your Marquette County barn or building and to become a part of our Barn Quilts and Hidden History Murals Trail?  If so, you may paint your own Barn Quilt, or we can find someone to paint it for you. If you are interested in having a Barn Quilt on your barn please fill out this request form

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About Hidden History Murals

Montello Historic Preservation Society & Marquette County Historical Society

In conjunction with our local historical societies, Marquette County’s Hidden History mural trail project has place a number of Barn Quilts and Mural on barns, buildings and posts throughout the county so locals and visitors can follow a charted trail to see and learn about these images, appreciate their history and admire their beauty.

There is only one stoplight in Marquette County’s entire 455 square miles. No traffic jams or shopping malls – just miles of beautiful, gently rolling countryside. The mural trail directs sight-seers along highways and byways to view the beautiful sites of Marquette County, to visit our towns and villages, and to get pleasure from our new public art.

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Awards and Recognition

Barn Quilts and Hidden History Murals Trails was nominated in March 2012 for The Governor’s Tourism Rising Star Award. The award is presented to an individual who is new to the tourism industry (within the last 5 years) and has shown leadership, commitment and a passion for Wisconsin’s tourism industry.

The Neshkoro Enhancement Committee is the proud recipient of a Wisconsin Top Rural Development Initiative 2011 award from Wisconsin Rural Partners. The group was one of only three recipients in Wisconsin.