Armstrong Family Quilt
11796 Old State Rd; Chardon, OH 44024
The Armstrong family settled in Claridon in 1833 when Hiel Armstrong, along with his siblings Hopestill, Pelatiah, and Cheney, purchased over 90 acres on Old State Road. Hiel brought his son Burton D. with him as they began the family's historical roots in the community.
Over the years, the farm has been used for dairy, cheese production, growing potatoes and melons, and making maple syrup. Burton E., currently the fifth generation on the farm, grows wheat and soybeans, and makes maple syrup.
This week the Armstrong family celebrated this heritage by becoming part of Geauga Tourism's Quilt Barn Tour. Reba Dykes, owner of Reba's Second Look in Middlefield, painted the stunning maple leaf quilt block. Burton and his brother, Larry, mounted it to the freshly painted, almost one-hundred year old barn, with friends and family looking on. Prior to the installation of the quilt, the old barn got a fresh coat of red paint, and just before the quilt was hung, all of the family members present signed the back of the quilt for posterity.