Through the years, quilts have become documents of history. They are the products of their society, influenced by the culture and the environment of the people who created them. The history of America can be seen in the history of quilts. Quilt pattern names came from the women who made them, and reflected their homes, gardens, domestic chores, and religious beliefs. Quilt patterns were passed on from one generation of woman to the next. As families moved, their environments and circumstances changed, as can be seen in the names of quilts. That is why one quilt pattern can have so many names, and, sometimes, one name is applied to several different patterns. The Elkins Main Street Downtown Quilt Trail uses patterns that signify our history and heritage. Explore Downtown Elkins and experience the many heritage quilt trail blocks all while shopping, dining, and strolling in our beautiful historic district.