Barn Quilt Trail
We invite you to explore the Barn Quilt Trail of Douglas County! Below please find a map of Waterville, as well as photos and descriptions of each of the quilts (below the map).
Please respect private property when viewing barn quilts. Please do not trespass to view or take pictures.
Below please find photos and descriptions of each of the barn quilts. Click on the photos to enlarge the photos and begin the slideshow.
#1: Bone BarnAn 8 pointed star surrounds the Corderman family brand on this barn built in 1916 by the current resident's great-grandfather.
#2: DayBuilt in 1972 as a butcher shop/smokehouse, this building is now the home of Oldeday's Classic Car Parts and Firearms. Double Dahlia is the quilt block they chose.
#3: Rock Farms ElevatorThis 1920's crib style grain elevator has been used by the Rock family to store grain for almost 100 yrs. A shock of wheat is centered inside an 8 pointed star.
#4: NCW FairgroundsBold colors in the barn quilt accent the Community Hall and welcome people to the NCW Fair, Race and Rodeo late in August. The hall is also the site of numerous social events throughout the year.
#5: DalingShirley and Richard Daling farmed south of Waterville on land purchased by his grandparents in 1919. This “town” residence became their home when they retired in 1995. The Mariner’s Compass quilt on the garage is reminiscent of the family’s favorite vacation spot, a home on Harstine Island in Puget Sound.
#6: MiresLifetime Waterville residents, the Mires' chose Grandmother's Flower Garden design to honor Marvel's grandmother who pieced a similar quilt using flower sacks. Quilt square is located near the front door.
#7: DaviesQuilt enthusiast Lisa chose Bountiful Star to complement their 2011 garage. The Davies came to Waterville to help in harvest and settled here because of the great people they met.
#8: RobinsonJim and Suzanne chose a Christian cross surrounded by an 8-pointed star for the quilt hung on their garage. This home was built in 2010.
#9: HuberAn avid quilter who loves star patterns, Joyce personalized this Repeating Star Wonder with her own initial in the center.
#10: HeisermanAfter helping paint and hang barn quilts in Iowa, Roger designed this Iowa Inspirations quilt for his own property
#11: KnemeyersA 9-patch surrounded by Flying Geese barn quilt has been handpainted on the west side of
the building which was built using Waterville brick in 1914 by O.C. Knemeyer and E.P. Fuller.
#12: Auntie Bling's AttiqueThe black & white quilt square, bordered in Rose of Sharon, signifies the vintage items sold in the shop. Erected in 1905, this building in on the National Historic Register.
#13: Waterville Town HallA trio of Patriotic Stars enhance the front of the Town Hall. Waterville, county seat of Douglas County, was platted in 1886, incorporated in 1889, and had electricity and water by 1892.
#14: Nifty TheatreBuilt in 1917 as a vaudeville theater and later used for local productions, the quilt design features a harlequin background and theater masks. The theater is currently a private residence.
#15: Stoddard BarnA Heritage Flag quilt shows off this 1903 barn owned by Clint and Dick Stoddard's grandfather, Ed Stoddard. The barn once served as a livery stable, housing horses for the stagecoach line and more recently has housed pleasure horses and 4-H projects.
#17: Petersen BarnThe first blacksmith shop in Waterville and later a place for fanning oats, this small barn holds a Star Within a Star quilt. The Petersens are 4th generation Waterville farmers.
#18: Waterville Recycle CenterErected in 1995, the Waterville Recycle Center recycles more lbs. per capita than any other recycling center in Douglas County. The center is identified by a barn quilt showing a large recycle symbol backed with bands of primary colors. The quilt is dedicated to the PEOPLE-those who volunteer to run the center and those who faithfully recycle.
#19: CowlingBuilt in the early 1900’s by the local grain company, this building currently houses a CPA business. Carol’s Trees quilt represents South Douglas Conservation District’s annual tree sale which Carol manages.
#20: JohnsonVeteran and active service in the Navy led the Johnson family to choose submarine gray to border their patriotic quilt design. An 8-pointed star within an 8-pointed star surround the flaglike symbol. This home was originally built by Charlie Clements, a leading innovator in early TV cable systems.
#21: Waterville LibraryIn 1903 Anton Guibert used local brick to build this classic store that now houses the Waterville Library. Well preserved, the building is part of the Downtown Historic District. A pair of Readers quilts, purchased by the Friends of the Library, provide bookends for the Waterville Library sign.
#22: Waterville SchoolA barn quilt designed and painted by art students honors the Shockers and the wheat
raised in the Waterville area. The Waterville School district was organized in 1885. The first gym was built on this site in 1943 and was remodeled/updated in 1995.