Union Jack

1809 Longwoods Rd, Wardsville, ON.  Hosted by Wardsville Seniors Apartments.
The Union Jack was created in 1801 to represent the Union of Scotland, the Kingdom of Ireland and the Kingdom of Great Britain. It was under this flag that early settlers and the following generations of Canada grew and prospered.

This community and country were established under British rule. Many early settlers identified as citizens under the British Crown. Canada would not be created until about sixty years after the construction of George Ward’s Inn. Many people would remain loyal to Britain because most settlers were in fact British or apart of the 1801 Union.

However, as generations were born and raised in the newly settled area, loyalties shifted. Many of the children born in North America did not identify as British citizens because they had no connection to their parent’s homeland. It is through the Union Jack that both the connection and distinction of our European heritage is remembered and distinct Canadian identity is born.
Written by Rosemary Cranney

About Mary Simpson

Mary is one of the facilitators for barnquilttrails.ca, 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 May 21, 2012, in Longwoods Barn Quilt Trail, War of 1812 and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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