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New brochures offer trail map of 'Barn Quilts of Le Roy'

The Genesee County Chamber of Commerce announced the availability of a new Barn Quilts of Le Roy, NY trail map brochure which offers four self-guided driving tours. The Le Roy Historical Society created the trails and Web site, and the chamber produced the new free brochure to promote the trail to visitors.

The Barn Quilts of LeRoy began as a Bicentennial project for the Town on Le Roy, under the auspices of the Le Roy Historical Society. The first quilt, "JELL-O Jigglers" was painted in July 2011 at the annual Oatka Festival. The goal was to have 24 quilts painted and erected in time for Le Roy's Bicentennial event on June 8, 2012. In less than 10 months more than 70 barn quilts were near completion.

Most of the squares were purchased through the Le Roy Historical Society and helped raise money for the Bicentennial event. The quilts have come to represent the pride shared by the people of Le Roy, a town with a rich heritage and a vision for the future that will guarantee quality of life for generations to come.

Many of the quilts are on barns, but some residents have ap­plied their creativity to the sides of sheds, garages and outbuildings. There are also patterns inside local restaurants, Wolcott Street School (painted by second-grade students), the Village Green Nursing Home and The Greens Senior Living Facility.

The Barn Quilt project will continue after 2012 and the Town of Le Roy welcomes visitors to return again and again to explore more scenic barn quilts. Each quilt has a story to tell and these stories can be found online at www.LeRoyBarnQuilt.org.

The brochure is available for pick up at the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce, the seasonal visitor center on Main Street in Batavia, Crocker's Ace Hardware, the D&R Depot Restaurant, Le Roy Town Hall, and the JELL-O Gallery Museum in Le Roy.

Step-on guides are offered for group tours by the Le Roy Historical Society. Call 585-768-7433 for more information.

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