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Wednesday, 18 May 2011 20:00

Newest quilt block hung in Maggie Valley

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The Haywood County Arts Council’s Quilt Trails project unveiled its first quilt block in Maggie Valley in April at the Maggie Valley Town Hall.

More than 30 people attended the unveiling of the Little Red School House block, which is the fifth block on the Haywood County Arts Council’s Quilt Trail. Other blocks can be seen on the Shelton House in Waynesville, and the Shook House, Lil’s, and Haywood institute in Clyde.

The Town Hall block design was selected and purchased by the High Country Quilters and given to the Town of Maggie Valley as a gift.

The rock town hall was once a schoolhouse, built in 1930 with assistance from the Work Progress Administration at a cost of $8,000. Families in the community donated rock, which came mostly from nearby creeks. The building was used as an elementary school until 1986.

The Haywood County Quilt Trails concept is based on similar projects in Ashe, Avery, Madison, Mitchell, Watauga, and Yancey counties in North Carolina where quilt squares are painted on wood and installed on barns, public buildings, shops, and other appropriate buildings around the community.

For current information and block locations visit

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