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    The Clothesline That Stretches Across the Country

    It began as a project in honor of the county’s bicentennial. One and a half years later, 54 barns across the countryside display ornamental painted barn quilt patterns. It took 20+ gallons of paint, 200+ volunteers, 4000+ volunteer hours, 140 sheets of plywood, 324- 2x4’s and 800 screws. This grassroots project continues the ever growing “clothesline” that stretches across America. Tour the back roads and learn a bit of history about the family farms and barns, why the quilt patterns were chosen and the meaning behind many of the designs. Stop for a relaxing lunch at a historic hotel and then it’s off you go again. The project managers will serve as your docents and give you all the inside scoop. Stop along the way at Grandpa’s Pottery and watch a lump of clay as it is transformed into a piece of art on the potter’s wheel. If encouraged, Ray Storer, the potter, will even put a bag over his head and only use the sense of touch to make a perfect creation. Other possible stop offs could be a pontoon ride on Cowan Lake, a peek at what’s in the traveling trunk at the Clinton County History Center, a private performance at the historic Murphy Theatre built over 90 years ago and the list goes on and on.