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Welcome to Barn Quilts of Dawson County Nebraska - Where Beauty, History & Inspiration Merge.

Dawson County Nebraska is rich in art, history and ethnicity. In an effort to combine and intertwine the diversity of the communities within Dawson County, the Cozad Tourism Committee formed the Barn Quilts of Dawson County Trail.

Barn Quilts of Dawson County Nebraska is about celebrating our farming, quilting and diverse ethnic heritage and sharing that art culture with as many as possible. Barn quilts promote a sense of community while preserving and celebrating agriculture, history and art.

Barn quilt designs tell a story about a person, their family or their heritage. They are not just for barns anymore. They are popping up on businesses, mailboxes, garages, homes, fences and more.

The Barn Quilt movement began in Adams County, Ohio in 2001 when Donna Sue Groves painted a version of her mother, Maxine’s, quilt on their barn as a tribute. The project quickly spread to friends and neighbors, becoming a means for tourism and economic development. Barn quilt have turned into the fastest growing grassroots art movements in the US and Canada.

We invite you to follow the art form throughout our quaint towns and lovely countryside. You will be inspired by the stories behind the beauty of our agri-art form and our farming heritage.

Tour museums and attractions along the way and experience small town hospitality, shopping and culinary delights from a variety of ethnic backgrounds, as well as, good old fashion homemade American cuisine.

We look forward to meeting you in Dawson County Nebraska!

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