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Our  community  was  a  war  zone  200  years  ago.    These  barn  quilts  tell  stories  about  how  the  War  of  1812-­‐1814  affected  the  lives  of  families   in  this  area.    Google  Longwoods  Barn  Quilt  Trail  and  search  for  the  maps,  photos,  and  stories.  

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The Longwoods Barn Quilt Trail “Honouring the War of 1812 Women”
Settling along the mighty THAMES RIVER (BABY BLOCKS) the pioneer families built sturdy LOG CABINS for their growing families

They survived those first winters with the support of the local Indian women who taught their new sisters the and OIL skills such as BASKET WEAVING and myths of BUTTERFLIES or labouring alongside their

medicinal properties of ROSEBUD

Whether they were replicating their GRANDMOTHER’S GARDENS husbands to take wood and grain to the mill (MILLWHEEL) reality, visits from NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOURS way of life. In October 1813, GEESE IN FLIGHT

spinning yarn (SPOOLS)

these women were the strength of the family. As war became a of militia musters were a from and stolen

became infrequent. The DRUNKARD’S PATH

brought with them the smell of FIRE AND SMOKE

burning OLD FENCES

and the torched village of Fairfield. There were stories of BROKEN DISHES

FARMER’S BREECHES. Strathburn (ELM’S STRENGTH) (MORAVIAN STAR)

There were many horrors we cannot imagine - torture for information at the Traitor’s Tree near and entire homesteads burned by enemy FIRESIDE VISITORS lone women set their BROKEN HEARTS From Fairfield

to DELAWARE

aside and forged their way forests

along the OLD INDIAN TRAIL Slippery MAPLE LEAVES

struggling through dense DOGWOOD

and TALL PINE TREE

steep ravines and brutal weather slowed their journeys. Many had to leave lost loved ones behind (COFFIN STAR)

These heroines of the War of 1812 took their strength from knowing they were HOMEWARD BOUND. MEMORIES of happier times inspired hope for PEACE AND PLENTY in the future.

Written by Anne Carruthers February 22,2012

The  Longwoods  Barn  Quilt  Trail  is  a  multi-­‐community  project  commemorating  the  War  of  1812-­‐14.   This  trail,  the  quilt,  and  the  stories  are  a  tribute  to  the  many  volunteers,  sponsors,  and  funders  who  participated.   Please  visit    obqt.wordpress.com/  for  more  details.                There  are  also  30  barn  quilts  around  Wardsville     http://wardsvillebarnquilts.wordpress.com/  and  a  new  trail  in  South  Caradoc  community.    

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