THE town with the most barn quilts is Clinton, the county
seat. Clinton, a little more than a 45 minute drive from
Wilmington, has 50 quilts hanging in or near town.
If you are looking for a picturesque setting, the 4x4 Log
Cabin quilt sample that hangs at the Sampson County History
Museum village is kept freshly painted and is a good representation
of bygone times, placed on a rustic barn side with an antique plow
seat and picket fence in the foreground. Visit the free museum or
drive on the street behind it for the best view.
Clinton has an angular downtown situated around the court-house.
There is a variety of places to eat, some boutiques, and thrift
If your quilt-viewing goal is to see the maximum number on
the trail, consider driving farther north to Newton Grove. Of the
150 quilts listed on the Sampson County Quilt Trail, 32 are in or
near the town. Autryville has 26,
Roseboro 15, Salemburg 14, Harrells
seven, Turkey five, and there’s two in
Other things to spot on a drive
through Sampson County are the
numerous crops grown, including
sweet potatoes, tobacco, soybeans,
cotton, peppers, blueberries, water-melon,
and commercial turkey, pork
and beef farms.
Clockwise from top left: Barn quilts at
the Sampson County History Museum,
on Moseley Avenue in Sampson
County, and in McDowell County.
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