Shoofly - Quilt Block Series  LbNA # 21121

OwnerLone Star Quilter    
Placed DateMar 30 2006
CountySan Jacinto
LocationColdspring, TX
Found By Open Space
Last Found Nov 19 2011
Hike Distance?

This box was replaced and relocated on 5-25-07 due to the original box being consumed in a controlled burn by the National Forest Service. The stamp is identical, so this is a replacement box, not a new box.

How did quilt blocks get their unusual names? Some are easy to see; I mean, a Bear's Paw block is shaped similar to a bear's paw, there's no doubt. Some are not as obvious. The name Shoofly may have come from the Amish. After all, no other single dessert is so identified with Amish Country as shoofly pie. The pie was probably named shoofly because the sweet ingredients, especially the molasses, attracted flies when it was set on a window sill to cool. The cook had to "shoo" the flies away. Since Amish cooks were undoubtedly quilters as well, it makes sense that a quilt block might be named after a favorite pie. There was also an old children's song that went "Shoo Fly, don't bother me, I belong to somebody". There is evidence that the quilt was used as a danger signal for runaway slaves on the Underground Railroad, advising them to "shoo" like a fly, but, of course, the name probably preceded that time in history. It really doesn't matter from whence the name came, just enjoy them and the wonderful quilts that are our heritage.

This letterbox is hidden on the Lone Star Trail in San Jacinto County. If you’re coming from Houston, take U.S. 59 to Cleveland and take the Coldspring exit, FM 2025. Go north about 14 miles (from the intersection of FM 2025 and US 59) until you see a small parking area on your right (it is located at a left bend in the road). From Coldspring, Texas go south on FM 2025 to the Double Lake Recreational Area. Continue 1.2 miles to the parking area on the left.

From the trailhead sign for the Lone Star Trail, go through the fence and take the trail to the right. Keep going until you reach a sharp left turn marked by a post with 2 left-pointing trail markers (white metal strips). Stop and look right into the woods for a large oak tree about 15 steps off the trail. The letterbox is resting on a limb about 6 feet off the ground. The box is strapped to the limb with velcro, so be sure to reattach it to the limb so it will stay there. "Holy Anole", "Picoides Borealis" and "The Joker" also reside on this trail.