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Truman Area Barn Quilts

The Truman Area Barn Quilts movement began when Rhonda Kuhlman painted several quilt blocks onto her shed. Barn quilts are colorful painted squares with patchwork patterns like “starburst”, “fencepost”, and “harvest star.” The idea also quickly took off in the area, and soon friends and neighbors were being asked about putting quilt blocks up on their barns.  Now, you can find a number of area Barn Quilts hung on more than just barns.  Some choose to decorate small sheds, others mailboxes.  Some now display quilt squares as small garden stakes.  However you see them, or even choose to display them yourself, we hope you enjoy both the craft and heritage that the Truman Area Barn Quilts represent!

History: The idea of barn quilts began in Adams County, Ohio in 2001. Donna Sue Groves painted a quilt block on the side of an old tobacco barn for her mother, a quilter. She soon realized she had created a tourist attraction for her county that has spearheaded the barn quilt movement throughout rural America.

Check out the Barn Quilt Map to find them all! There are 42 locations documented locations just in the area!

For more information, check out the Barn Quilt Brochure!

If you love Truman’s history, check out the Truman Historical Museum!

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Let the hospitality in Fairmont welcome you! Just off I-90, you’ll find a wide selection of hotels and restaurants. Perhaps a more rustic stay at a cabin or camping near the lake is more your style – we’ve got you covered.

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Area Visitor’s Guide

Check out the Fairmont Area Visitor’s Guide online for tips and insights to exploring our area. Or, we can mail one to you!

323 East Blue Earth Avenue
P.O. Box 976
Fairmont, MN 56031


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