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Cleveland, NC, to build “Always Original” walking trail and community barn quilt mural

Town Commissioners have begun a blueprint of a walking
trail within the town encompassing a...
Town Commissioners have begun a blueprint of a walking trail within the town encompassing a 1.5-mile trail. Marking the trail pathway will be strategically placed, one of a kind, Always Orignal Barn Quilt Cubes painted and designed by West Rowan community members.(Submitted photo)
Published: Jul. 22, 2021 at 4:29 PM EDT
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CHLEVALAND, N.C. (WBTV) - From the Town of Cleveland: The quaint and exquisite Town of Clevland, NC, is building an Always Original healthy and artistic way to connect generations to come within the serene community. New walking trails artistically wrapped with historical heritage and commemoration will create national records while preserving the nostalgic vibrance of the area.

The Town of Cleveland, NC, is working with local artist Elsie Bennett to provide community members, business owners, and local organizations an opportunity to leave their artistic mark on West Rowan. With financial and creative input from the community, Mrs. Bennett will be designing barn quilt murals that showcase an image of historical recognition, community engagement, and support for local emergency service personnel and military veterans.

Following a survey collected in 2019, Town of Cleveland community members expressed a desire for enhanced connectivity and the ability to rejuvenate a community to embrace the charming small-town feel, giving future generations a place to continue to create memories for years to come.

To emulate those requests, Town Commissioners have begun a blueprint of a walking trail within the town encompassing a 1.5-mile trail. Marking the trail pathway will be strategically placed, one of a kind, Always Orignal Barn Quilt Cubes painted and designed by West Rowan community members.

The Town of Cleveland Barn Quilt Cubes theme is: Connecting Community through art, nature, music, farming, faith, fellowship, love, and acceptance. As with any acclaimed trail, the end destination will be a prominent feature. Placed upon the side of the Cleveland Community Volunteer Fire Department will be a nationally recognized Always Original Barn Quilt Mural. The custom, record-setting mural will honor and memorialize the men and women of service within the West Rowan community. Each quilt along the trail and within the mural will be designed and painted by families, individuals, businesses, and local community organizations. With the purchase and donation of quilts, each quilt will showcase the heritage and eclectic community pride for multiple generations to come.

Town of Cleveland Commissioners invite the West Rowan community to join them beginning at 6:00 PM, Saturday, July 24th on South Depot to see examples, learn more about the project, and meet the artist, West Rowans’ own Elsie Bennett.

Painting your mark on history within West Rowan is a compelling family outing, productive organizational team-building project, as well as an excellent way for an individual to destress and be expressive. By telling the Town of Cleveland, NC story through art, West Rowan communities become unified in creating the region’s story as part of the overall West Rowan Barn Quilt Trail.

To purchase, paint and donate a historical barn quilt, contact Elsie Bennett (704)278- 2800 or visit https://www.westrowanbarnquilts.com.

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