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 made them. The history of America can be seen in the history of quilts. 

Quilt patterns names came from the women who made them, and reflected their homes, gardens, domestic chores, and religious beliefs. Quilt patterns were passed down from one generation to the next and one woman to the next. But 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 Heritage Quilt Trail uses patterns that signify our history and heritage. Explore Elkins and experience the different heritage quilt trail blocks while shopping, dining, and walking in our beautiful historic district.