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The Muncy Heritage & Underground Railroad Barn Quilt Trail

July 8, 2014 - Barb Barrett
The barn quilt trail in Muncy is very exciting to me. I have seen it done in other parts of the state and have always been fascinated by these barn quilt trails. Montour County and Lancaster County have started them and now Muncy is going to have one. I watched them hang four of the quilts on barns last Saturday. You have probably seen the three patterns already set up at the Olde Barn Centre. It was a perfect sunny day and the Muncy Historical Society rented a special machine from Best Line to hang them.

Earlier that afternoon one was hung at Wentzler’s barn in Pennsdale, then the three at Olde Barn Center and one in Clarkstown. In the morning another one was hung at the McCoy residence in Moreland Township. This is only the beginning. The barns are historic and will be recorded through an app that you will be able to download on your smart phone so you can hear the historical relevance of the property as GPS points guide you from barn to barn.

These self-guided road trips to view these colorful quilt patterns are becoming more and more popular, as well as promoting tourism a viable economic value to the Muncy area. The Muncy Historical Society took the lead on this one, and other organizations in the county can jump on board as well. The idea will be presented to the HOLC (historical organizations of Lycoming County.) The patterns are all vintage, many popular during the early to mid 1800’s. They are all different and the colors were selected by the owners from a sample of approved patterns. The Muncy Historical Society is taking applications for any property, or if you own a historic barn, this barn quilt will be the perfect embellishment to lure the eye to its historical significance.

Imagine, a summer road trip to scenic historic Muncy Valley! It could spread into a county wide phenomenon. I know there are many historic barns around me. They are part of our natural history and should not be taken for granted. Some are white, some are red and some of natural wood with the strongest wood beams ever made, and mostly done by hand. I remember reading advertisements on them. Remember the tobacco ads? And now we will adorn them with quilts so people can learn their history.

 
 

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"The Tree of Life" and "Gentleman's Fancy" barn quilt patterns were hung on the Olde Barn Centre on Rt. 220 in Pennsdale on Saturday, June 28. This will be part of the Muncy Heritage and Underground Barn Quilt Trail that was initiated by the Muncy Historical Society. Owner Linda Fry (lower right corner) watches with Linda Poulton from the Muncy Historical Society.