To celebrate the LaGrange County Barn Quilt Tour, we are devoting two blogs a month on information regarding a specific mural you will see dotting the Amish backroads in Northern Indiana.
Even though we have numbered the blogs, the order in which we present the murals isn’t terribly important, as you can begin your own self-guided tour anywhere you would like. Just stop by the Visitors Center at 350 N. Van Buren Street, Shipshewana to pick up a brochure with a map.
We hope you enjoy each blog at it provides a sneak peek into the background of each barn quilt mural and location.
Barn Quilt Mural #21: “Wake Up America”
In light of our recent Veteran’s Day, we decided to showcase the stars and stripes mural to honor all those who sacrifice for America’s freedom.
Rebecca Mawhorter, who named her mural “Wake Up America,” said the title is not meant to show disrespect, but rather to catch attention.
“We have so much to be thankful for in this country,” she said. “I want to encourage people to stay hard-working and to be thankful for all we have, in spite of our economic circumstances.”
Rebecca chose the pattern based on a photograph she had seen from a couple staying at the Mawhorters’ Bed and Breakfast.
“They had one similar,” she said, “but only one star on the top. I decided I didn’t want the mural to be so symmetrical, but a bit more random as far as the stripes and stars were painted.”
“Wake Up America” is housed on the property of Burton and Rebecca Mawhorter, owners of Poverty Acres Bed and Breakfast.
Fairly unusual to Northern Indiana landscape, the property sits on a rolling hillside. The bed and breakfast is surrounded by ten acres and two ponds, and has eleven rooms.
Rebecca mentions she can see the barn quilt mural from her kitchen window.
Location of Mural:
Burton & Rebecca Mawhorter, Poverty Acres Bed and Breakfast
7455 W 350, Shipshewana
GPS: N 41° 49.69049 W 085° 57072
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