Welcome to the Quilt Trail of Pocahontas County Website.
The quilt squares chosen for the 2013 Sesquicentennial themed trail are rooted in 19th century origins and
Civil War significance. During this year of celebrating West Virginia’s 150th Birthday and Civil War history,
the patterns connect the strong heritage of quilting to the plight so many endured during the Civil War.
Quilting provided a way for women to quietly express their sentiments and support a cause while honing
the necessary skill of quilting. Today the art of quilting lives on in Pocahontas County, WV through
Enjoy your travels along the Quilt Trail in Pocahontas County, WV!
Specials Thanks to:
WV Sesquicentennial Commission | Sharon P. Rockefeller | Minnehaha Village Quilters
Cranberry Piece Makers | Buffalo Cabin Quilt Guild | Glades Building Supply |
Pocahontas County High School Carpentry Class & Duane Gibson | Joan Minard | Sponsors
Having originated in pioneer America, coming across a bear track signaled travelers to proceed cautiously, but also
that the trail would lead to water and food. Located off Rt. 219 near Cooktown
on Newman Road. Sponsor: Hudson Quarter Horses and Paints.
This pattern has been interpreted as indicating morning, midday, evening, and night. When the pattern is turned on
its side, an hourglass is created to symbol time well managed. For some slaves, this pattern represented a bow tie
given as part of a disguise after escaping to freedom. Located at the intersection of Rt. 28 and 250, Bartow. Sponsor:
Upper Pocahontas Community Co-Op.
Signaled slaves to pack items necessary for an escape by wagon. Some records indicate this symbol also revealed
a wagon with hidden compartments in which slaves could conceal themselves. Located on Rt. 92/28 approximately
two miles north of Arbovale. Sponsor: Steve Coonts.
In the 19th century, quilts were primarily used for practical circumstances, beauty was secondary to necessity.
This pattern combined both seamlessly. Located on the Green Bank Arts Center Building. Sponsor: Pocahontas
County Arts Council.
Corn & Beans
This pattern reflects the country’s agricultural society and families’ dependence on crops during that time period.
Corn & Beans reflects the essentials for the homesteaders. Located 1 mile S. on Rt. 92 from Rt. 39 intersection,
Rimel. Sponsor: Del and Laronia Cohrs.
This pattern derived its name from the Victorian Era elaborate designs produced on porcelain plates, especially
those from Dresden, Germany. Located on Rt. 39, one mile east of Minnehaha Springs. Sponsor: Oreana White.
Quilting was a way for women to voice their opinions. During prohibition, quilting was prevalent, hence the
meaning behind this particular pattern. Located on Rt. 219 approximately two miles south
of Slatyfork. Sponsor:
Sam and Gayle Gibson.
A signal for slaves intending to escape in spring,
to follow the direction of the migrating geese headed north, for
if they did, the geese would serve as a guide toward water and resting places along the way. Located on Rt. 219
in Slatyfork. Sponsor: Sharp’s Country Store.
Also referred to as the “Sunshine and Shadow”
pattern. It symbolizes home, warmth, love, and security for pioneers
traveling west. Located on Rt. 92/28 approximately one mile north of Arbovale. Sponsor: William & Sue Hevener.
This is a common pattern among quilters in rural areas and is reminiscent of rail fences that marked the fields of the
West Virginia landscape. Often a quilt of this simple pattern can be found among our ancestors’ treasures.
It is said that this symbol was used to denote a sympathizer of slaves escaping north. Therefore, if this pattern was
displayed, it was secretly noted as a safe house. Location: TBD.
The original name “Wandering Foot” lead women to believe the man who slept underneath it would wander away.
With the name change, the curse was released, along with the women’s fears. Located at the intersection of Rt. 39
and 92, Minnehaha Springs. Sponsor: Ty & Tricia Tegtmeyer.
West Virginia Star
Commemorates the great state of West Virginia and was first recorded in the Hearth and Home Magazine around
1910. The blue and gold colors of this pattern highlight the deeply rooted pride residents share for West Virginia.
Located on Rt. 219, Pearl S. Buck Birthplace, Hillsboro. Sponsor: Marlinton Women’s Club and Marlinton
Located in Durbin, on the right hand side of Highway 250/92 across the street from the train depot.
Sponsor: Gerry Mosier.
Birds in Flight
Located on 4th Avenue & Main, Marlinton. Sponsor: Pocahontas County Artisan Co-Op.
Travel approximately 3 miles north of Marlinton on Rt. 219 and turn right on the Edray-Back
Mt. Road about 1/2
mile on left. Sponsor: Bill & Liz Gay.
Located on Airport Road - Rt. 219 one mile north of Marlinton.
Sponsor: Glades Building Supply.
Located 3.8 miles north on Rt. 92 from Minnehaha Springs. Sponsor: Marilyn Riggs.