Follow the Drinking Gourd Quilt Barn


The Adventure...

This barn, located in the heart of Wilkesville, sits on a farm that was once part of the Underground Railroad. It is believed that quilt patterns were used as code for escaped slaves. The drinking gourd is a reference to the North Star and is believed to advise travelers to follow that navigational beacon toward freedom. This farm also has historical significance as it was an overnight stop for Confederate Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan during his infamous raid through Ohio. The pattern was painted by reenactors and other visitors who attended the Morgan’s Raid reenactment Wilkesville in 2006. 

Learn More…

Vinton County Convention and Visitors Bureau
104 West Main Street
McArthur, Ohio   45651


Website: Vinton County Quilt Barns


Getting there’s Half the Adventure…

From McArthur, follow St. Rt. 93 south to St. Rt. 160 in Hamden. Follow St. Rt. 160 south to Wilkesville. The barn faces St. Rt. 160 at the intersection of St. Rt. 124.

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