If all of the quilt gardens along Elkhart County, Indiana’s Heritage Trail were stitched together, the quilt would measure more than 19,000 square feet. Can you imagine?
Sixteen quilt gardens make up the trail through Elkhart County and are free and open to the public from the end of May until September 15, 2020. Driving around on a Sunday afternoon to see the various displays was the perfect activity during these social-distancing times. Just download a map and scout them out as you drive through the Amish countryside. You can even download a 90-minute mp3 audio guide or pick up a CD at the Visitor’s Center to take you step-by-step through the Heritage Trail. There are so many fascinating facts and historical insights included in the narrative.
Das Dutchman Essenhaus
The Quilt Gardens started off in 2007 with two gardens, one of which was at Das Dutchman Essenhaus. We saw our first quilt garden there, too. It’s the largest of the gardens, measuring 3,142 square feet.
Das Dutchman Essenhaus is a complex of buildings housing shops and a restaurant that you could spend all afternoon exploring. We wandered through the Quilt Shop and I was happy to find a display of typical Amish quilt patterns that I thought I might compare the gardens to.
Goshen Quilt Gardens
The Quilt Gardens Tour includes gardens in Bristol, Elkhart, Goshen, Middlebury, Nappanee, and Wakarusa. We made Goshen our last stop and though all of the quilt gardens there were beautiful, I think this patriotic star quilt was my favorite.
The sunburst pattern at the Elkhart County Courthouse was unique, too.
The quilt at the Old Bag Factory, which is now a delightful little mecca of shops and cafes, was an added attraction to the space.
The Elkhart County Quilt Gardens is the only experience of its kind in the world. I know I didn’t share all 16 quilt patterns here, but can you pick out a favorite?
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