Hammond’s Barn Quilts

Combining Local History and Art


In creating barn quilts, the Hammond Barn Quilt Trail Committee has attempted to connect residents, businesses, galleries and museums using art, history, community and the personal stories of our residents.

Scottish Pride

Driving down Pleasant Valley Rd., the McGregor Farm comes into view and displayed on the barn is the stately Scottish Pride barn quilt created by Jennifer McGregor, a fifth generation farm owner.  In 1854 her great great grandfather, Robert Black McGregor, emigrated from Carriden, Scotland.  As the rest of his family sought their fortune in Australia, Robert McGregor, bravely chose to travel to America and set down roots in the Town of Hammond. He married, raised a large family and farmed the land using his ancestral traits of hard work and frugality to become a success. 

In 1900 Robert’s son James and his wife Jennie, Jennifer’s great grandparents built the house and barn in Pleasant Valley where Scottish Pride is located. Thus, the Scottish spirit was sown in the soil as the pieces of Jennifer’s great-grandmother’s life was “sewn” into the quilts she created. These same quilts are displayed at the Hammond Museum during their quilt shows. 

As a child, Jen remembers her mother, an ardent gardener, carefully planting some purple thistle plants in her garden plot. Then as an adult, Jennifer would travel to Scotland, where purple Scottish thistles abound.  Connecting the past to the present, Scottish Pride proudly displays these thistles in all their glory with the McGregor tartan plaid encircling them….a tribute to the farm, to the family, to the past.


The Hammond Museum

The stunning 8×8 barn quilt displayed on the barn located at the museum complex was created by museum volunteers during the winter of 2016. The origins of the Town of Hammond’s earliest settlers who came from the Mohawk nation, Scotland, Vermont and Canada are represented in the design of the barn quilt. Representing the history of the area, a wood carving of a horse drawn sled by R. T. Elethorp is also included in the design along with symbols of the lumber business, agriculture and plow manufacturing. The St. Lawrence tartan plaid is displayed in the perimeter of the double wedding design. In 2000, the barn structure was moved board by board from the old Romain Fox farm, which was owned by the Truskowski and Crysler families. Boards and beams from other salvaged barns were used to complete this project.

The present day museum evolved from the Hammond Historical Society, which started in the basement of the Town Hall in 1982. The land for the museum was part of the adjacent Demick Farm and was donated by the Demick family.

Over 25 community Volunteers in 1998 worked together with stone mason contractor, Michael Johnston, to construct the main museum building. On the front lawn is a large granite statue of William McNeil carved by Carmen D’Vino. McNeil was the first settler in the area who lived in a cave at Chippewa Bay.

The adjacent stone house was constructed in 2002 and is a replica of a mid 19th century stone house. Again, the community came together to volunteer their services under Michael Johnston’s direction.

In recent years, a blacksmith shop has been constructed and used for demonstrations. A weekly Farmers’ Market takes place during the summer months. The Museum Board also presents special activities for children and presents historical speakers, an annual tea  party, and musical events that are open to the public.




Written by Laurie Marr

Director of Public Affairs and Communications,
Development Authority of the North Country




We Are Honored!

We are thrilled to be the recipient of the “Best Destination Marketing Initiative” award, given by the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce at their 1st Annual St. Lawrence County Tourism Awards event!

Our hats are off to Hammond residents, businesses and civic/town/village organizations for your support and encouragement. We look forward to many more years of bringing beauty, joy, community pride and tourism recognition (and dollars) to our community.

Click here to read all about it!


The awards dinner is open to all on May 11 at Hammond’s own Bella Brooke Vineyard. Hope to see you there!





The following article is courtesy of TAUNY’s website ( ).

Barn Quilt Documentary Screening

Sunday, April 3


In 2001, a quilter named Donna Sue painted a quilt on her barn in Ohio to honor her mother, also a quilter. Next, she persuaded others in her town to paint quilt squares on their barns. People began to drive around to see them, and a tourist project was born. The idea spread and in 2014 reached the North Country. A grassroots effort in the town of Hammond to establish a barn quilt trail has inspired other North Country towns to do so, too. Quilts are symbols of rural America. Heritage tourism projects that celebrate rural heritage are a natural economic development tool for challenged rural communities.

For the past year, Clarkson University social documentation student Emily Baker has been working with TAUNY to document the emergence of barn quilt trails in St. Lawrence County.   Residents of Hammond, Canton, Colton, and towns in between are painting large quilt squares to display on their barns or houses, and inviting travelers to come by for  a look. It’s a great story of grassroots efforts to develop economic opportunities around heritage tourism.

On April 3, at 2 p.m., we will screen a 30-minute documentary that Emily has produced about the barn quilt scene in the North Country. You’ll learn where the idea came from, why people are doing it, how they are doing it, and what the results are. You may leave wanting your own barn quilt. Following the screening there will be a Q&A session and refreshments, and South Colton resident Ruth McWilliams will demonstrate barn quilt painting.

(Photo: Jen McGregor’s Scottish Pride in the snow with the critters just below. Courtesy Hammond Barn Quilt Trail)



Enjoy “feasting” along our barn quilt trail!

August 13, 2016


Hammond Barn Quilt Trail’s Feastival Tour

August 13, 2016

10:00am – 2:00pm

You are invited to make six special stops along our barn quilt trail,

enjoy six special food dishes and go home with six recipe cards!

Pre-sale tickets only from June 1 to August 6 (60 tickets will be available)

Purchase tickets at:

Hammond’s Farmer’s Market

Spicy Olive

Schermerhorn Harbor


contact the committee through our website

Cost is $20 per person. Transportation is not provided.

 Feastival Tour starts at 10am at the Hammond Museum

1A North Main St. (Rt. 37)

Hammond, NY



Celebrate the Grand Opening of the Hammond Barn Quilt Trail ~ August 21st & 22nd at the Hammond Museum!

The August 22, 2015 Grand Opening of the Hammond Barn Quilt Trail is fast approaching and we are so eager to share the barn quilts that Hammond residents, organizations and businesses have created in this past year!  We look forward not only to everything that has been planned, but also to those moments during the day when we pause and take the opportunity to appreciate what can happen when a beautiful idea comes to life. The members of the Hammond Barn Quilt Committee are truly touched and inspired by the enthusiasm and support of our community for this project. (And sometimes we are a little shocked – like WOW! Look what has happened in a year!)

Please join us on this special day – to admire the quilts in the quilt show, to enjoy the bus tour of our amazing barn quilts, and to celebrate the dedication of the trail, in gratitude for Hammond’s community spirit!

Hammond Museum Quilt # 1 0P4A1131

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