In many different areas of North Carolina and other states, a heritage project is dotted along the country roads and within the towns–barn quilts. The quilt has been and continues to be an enduring symbol of comfort, family, heritage and community. This project was created as a way to honor the great traditions of our rural county while showcasing its natural beauty. Quilt patterns are selected, painted on wood, and attached to barns, homes, and businesses.
Many of the stories about Madison County’s part in the Civil War involve divided families and loyalties because of our geographical location. A special ceremony was held in February 2007 to dedicate the three markers in Madison County commemorating events of importance. The stories included for the towns of Hot Springs and Marshall are somewhat connected and occurred in 1863. The story for the town of Mars Hill was in the last months of the war. The markers on the North Carolina Civil War Trails battle route mirror those installed along the multi-state program Civil War trail systems in the rest of North Carolina as well as Virginia and Maryland and are part of a heritage tourism program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.