South Caradoc Barn Quilt Trail

South Caradoc is planning to lure visitors to its special corner of the world along the Thames River with a path of barn quilts.  Thirty people attended tonight’s meeting at the South Caradoc Community Centre to learn about the power of barn quilts to tell a community’s story.

Denise Corneil and Mary Simpson accompanied by quilters Sue Ellis and Eleanor Blain from Wardsville told the story of Mr. and Mrs. George Ward, the founders of Wardsville in 1810.  Wardsville celebrated its bi-centennial by creating a 30-block story quilt.  Then, volunteers painted each block on an 8 foot square “canvas” and mounted the barn quilts on their local barns and significant places.  Wardsville volunteers had a lot of fun with the project and have enjoyed the notoriety of being the second community in Ontario to take on a barn quilt project (the first was Temiskaming in 2009).

Frances Kilbourne, local historian and community leader, whose in-laws lived in

Frances Kilbourne with sample barn quilt designs

the area two hundred years ago, inspired the locals with historical tidbits about the United Church, the old school, and the Burwell Road.  South Caradoc seeks a quilter who might take on a the creation of a quilt, but if not, the community will simply design the blocks and install them on the heritage barns and sacred places.

For more information, contact Frances Kilbourne at 519-264-2226

About Mary Simpson

Mary is one of the facilitators for, a Canadian network of quilters, rural organizations, museums, historians, sponsors and many others with a passion for rural Canada. We are working together to promote and enhance rural creativity, the arts, Canadian heritage and culture.

Posted on October 11, 2011, in Establishing a barn quilt trail, Longwoods Barn Quilt Trail and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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