Barn Quilts Are Blooming in Roseboro’s Community Garden

We love our barn quilts in Sampson County. The passion for art and painting barn quilts was recently ignited in our local youth when the Town of Roseboro, The Sampson Arts Council, and some inspired student artists from Roseboro – Salemburg Middle School came together in partnership for an art project resulting in over 90 new barn quilts in Sampson County! A huge accomplishment!

🗞️ Excerpts sourced from Sampson Independent | Writer, Michael B. Hardison | On the Trail: Building Barn Quilts, Art Project Stitches Students, Community Together, May 10, 2022.

🎨 Thankfully the project was made possible by the Sampson Arts Council’s special program “Artists in the Schools” which concluded this year with a visit by a North Carolina artist and teacher, Virginia Maier, who brought her talents to Roseboro-Salemburg Middle School. Maier’s passion is for teaching and using art as a way to connect communities, and she has also created her own artwork and has exhibited in several local galleries and craft markets as well as participating in community art projects.

Photo Credits: The Sampson Independent

Roseboro-Salemburg Middle School Art Teacher Rebecca Wolf’s art classroom, made up of seventy 6th and 8th graders, was filled with the smell of fresh paint as her students worked diligently to complete their projects. They were working hard and with good reason as their projects weren’t solely for learning, as all 90-plus quilts are expected to be featured as part of the Sampson County Barn Quilt Trail.

As the project was underway, Ms. Wolf’s classroom was joined by the Town of Roseboro’s Mayor, Alice Butler, as well as Sampson County Tourism Executive Director, Sheila Barefoot, and Sampson Arts Council Executive Director, Kara Donatelli. “I can’t wait until they are displayed in Downtown Roseboro. It is so heart-warming to see partnerships in action. We are so excited to have the barn quilts added to Sampson County’s Barn Quilt Trail, which is organized by Sheila Barefoot, Executive Director of the Sampson County CVB. When we all work together, much can be accomplished.” ~ Mayor Alice Butler 

The Barn Quilt Trail in Sampson County was originally started as a community project to…

🌱 Showcase Sampson County’s agricultural heritage
🌱 Preserve the architecture of the history of barns in our county
🌱 Encourage tourism to our county by attracting travelers off of the interstate and major roads, into our charming small towns to SHOP in our local businesses, DINE in our restaurants, PLAY at our attractions, and STAY for a relaxing getaway in Sampson County!

“I’m so excited about that because I wanted to reach the 200-plus mark,” Barefoot continued. “As I mentioned earlier, Sampson is patented as the Barn Quilt Capital of North Carolina®️ and we’re trademark for that. But, I also want Sampson County to be officially known and recognized as being the Barn Quilt Capital of North Carolina. That’s my ultimate goal and this would definitely get us well on our way.”

Photo Credits: Town of Roseboro, North Carolina

On June 6, 2022, the barn quilt squares painted by Roseboro-Salemburg Middle School students were hung in Downtown Roseboro at the Roseboro Community Garden. Enjoy the video showing the progress with a special thanks to art teacher, Rebecca Wolf, Mayor Alice Butler, and Greg Butler for hanging the beautiful barn quilt squares – and to all who contributed to this wonderful community art project!


Do you want to know more about Sampson County and its small towns?  Discover History & Find Your Roots in Sampson County!

Spend some more time with us and Create Your Own Agritour with the VisitNC Farms App!  How about Enjoying an Artfully Fun Day Trip to Roseboro!  We look forward to seeing you in Sampson County!