Spring is just around the corner and the Halifax Barn Quilt Trail is gearing up for their annual special tour day.
This year’s event will be held on April 25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with special events and stops along the trail.
Terrapin Springs Farm is the location of several new barn quilt pieces and will be a new stop along the trail during this year’s event.
Terrapin Springs Farm is in the center of the Aarons Creek community (named in 1733 by Colonel William Byrd) in southeast Halifax County, adjacent to the historic Aarons Creek Baptist Church (1845).
Owner Joanne Nunn Marx notes that mother’s, grandmother’s, great grandmother’s and aunt’s hand-sewn quilts cover the beds, rest comfortably on the backs of chairs and sofas and fill the cedar chest at the Aarons Creek farm, where she has always sought to commemorate the women in her family.
What better way to chronicle their dedication and artistic and creative abilities, utilizing every scrap of cloth, their desire to keep the family warm in winter and make pallets for the babies and children to play on, than to paint and display representative barn quilts.
Two of the barn quilts at Terrapin Springs Farm are “wild turkey tracks,” a reminder of the many wild turkeys that frequented the farm, while they fed on the grains in the fields and nested in the tall pines, delighting Father while he sat under the Old Oak Tree in the backyard in his later years.
A third quilt is a memory of the hand-sewn quilts by grandmother Nunn and great grandmother Holder, who rocked in her favorite rocker with a basket of cloth scraps by her side sewing pieces of irregular shapes together as she drifted in thought in her later days clouded with dementia.
Grandmother Nunn’s dark-blue patchwork square quilt rests gently on the chair in the living room awaiting a cuddle and a good book.
On April 25 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Halifax Barn Quilt Tour visitors will be treated to lunch under the old oak tree at Terrapin Springs Farm with hot dogs, chips and soft drinks, all while viewing several Barn Quilt pieces to include “Wild Turkey Tracks - Green” and “Bluebird and Cardinal” at the Lodge at Terrapin Springs.
More information and touring maps for the April 25 event will be available mid-April at the Halifax-South Boston Visitors Center or town of Halifax Office.
If anyone has a barn quilt piece that is not currently listed and would like to join the trail, refer to the Halifax Barn Quilt Trail Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/halifaxva/, for a copy of the application.