Visit Harford announces a new App designed to engage visitors and residents in the rich culture and history of Harford County through a Passport to the Barn Quilt Trail. Just click “Passport” in the FREE Destination Harford app.
“We’re spotlighting the historic barns, family homesteads and public spaces that are the backdrops for these rich, colorful, painted quilt designs,” says Greg Pizzuto, executive director of Visit Harford. “Whether you’re a “stay-cation” resident or a vacationer in Maryland, this passport makes it effortless and fun to celebrate the beauty, history, agriculture and small businesses of this county.”
The trail includes a collection of quilts painted on barns and buildings owned by local farmers. Visitors can also find dairies, museums, farm markets, restaurants and nature environments on the trail. The app provides a “passport” that encourages users to visit each barn quilt location and post a “selfie” taken in front of the quilt. Visit two quilts, and become a novice. To be eligible to win prizes, participants must visit four or more quilts. Submitting four quilts earns Intermediate status, and eight or more quilts deems you a Master.
“It’s easy to play, and it’s an opportunity to explore Harford County from a new point of view,” Pizzuto says. “The barn quilts reflect the history, diversity and current business of the owner, and the app is intended to highlight these Harford County destinations.”
Created through the cooperation of the Harford County Office of Community and Economic Development, Harford County Government Division of Agricultural Services and Visit Harford, the Barn Quilt Trail “opened” officially in May of this year. It showcases nearly 20 quilt designs at various locations throughout the county. Barn or building owners can apply to have their barn quilt painting included on the trail by completing and submitting an application to the Barn Quilt Trail steering committee. The application will be evaluated based on the design, location and adherence to the trail guidelines. Go to www.BarnQuiltsofHarfordCounty.com for more details. Download the Destination Harford app in your App Store or Google Play.
About Visit Harford
Visit Harford is Harford County’s Destination Marketing Organization as recognized by the State of Maryland. The non-profit organization promotes tourism within Harford County by sharing information on local events, restaurants, attractions, sightseeing opportunities, sporting and recreational facilities, entertainment venues and more in the “Experience Harford” e-newsletter, at www.visitharford.com, and on the organization’s Facebook page.
BARN QUILT TRAIL A WARM WELCOME FOR HARFORD COUNTY VISITORS
Bel Air, MD, August 2019 – The first “selfie” in the Barn Quilt Trail of Harford County, from Instagram account catherineshowalter, was posted through “Passport” in the “Destination Harford” App. The free passport app is designed to engage residents and visitors in the rich history and beauty of the Harford County countryside. Participants visit as many quilt sites as they can, submit a “selfie” of each, and earn status and prizes at the intermediate (4 quilts) and masters (8 or more quilts) levels. There are nearly 20 quilts painted on barns and buildings, reflecting the properties’ history. The trail itself is a result of the cooperative efforts of the Harford County Office of Community and Economic Development, Harford County Government Division of Agricultural Services and Visit Harford. For more information on the Barn Quilt Trail: www.BarnQuiltsofHarfordCounty.com.