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Mayor’s Garden

Former Mayor Patricia Murphy, a longtime quilter and the original advocate of the New Milford Quilt Trail, chose the barn quilt block design while mayor from over 4,000 in Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns.  Architectural details on the small barn strongly suggest that this mid to late 19th century structure was used in part for warehousing tobacco, a major industry in Connecticut at that time. These include reinforced posts under the summer beam, a boarded-up trap door that may have been used as an opening for a hoist and shouldered supports that would have distributed the weight of the 300-500 pound cases of packed tobacco stores on the second floor.