Frances Kilbourne narrates the story “Baby Blocks” she wrote for the quilt block installed on the barn owned by Jim and Debbie Atchison, home to Lucky Lodge. The large brick house owned by Jack and Adeline Quarrier RN at 7221 Longwoods Road Melbourne was the Lucky Lodge Maternity Hospital from 1948 to 1957. During the summer she operated tourist cabins and in the winter, Mrs Quarrier along with Dr. H.H. Washburn, G.P. from Melbourne, provided maternity care to over 500 mothers and new babies.
Frances’s story comes from the Moravian Diaries which describe the turmoil caused by Proctor’s Retreat and the Battle of the Thames. The photos feature moments during the community project to design, paint, and install the barn quilts along Longwoods Road.
Awaiting the birth of their babies, mothers-to-be prepared warm coverings. The settler stitched a quilt. The native women prepared skins and furs. Perhaps the expectant mothers knew each other, visited, and shared their secret fears. This was 1813…
On October 4, 1813, some of the frightened Delaware families left their home at Fairfield on the Thames River as the American invaders approached. They took their cattle and camped six miles upriver.
On the 5th of October, the remaining families joined them with the Moravian missionaries, Sister and Brother Denke. Fairfield was in flames behind them.
Amidst the terror and confusion were two little native boys, Noah and Titus. The Longwoods Road to Delaware was “ indescribably bad” according to Brother Denke. But the scattered groups rejoined there on October 12 and walked Commissioners Road to Oxford (Woodstock).
By October 26, the group was at Ancaster, and finally Dundas, where they made camp. The nightmare for Noah and Titus was over.
On December 4 Noah died and was buried. Titus followed him on December 29. Noah and Titus rest to this day in graves, known only to God.
About this time a settler baby was born in Delaware. This baby too died and was buried in an unmarked grave.
On August 28, 2001, during a routine archeological dig, the remains of the settler baby were uncovered. They were respectfully gathered and given a Christian burial in a pioneer cemetery.
Babies were born and babies died. This was wartime.
Written and narrated by Frances Kilbourne
THE MORAVIANS IN UPPER CANADA ; THE FAIRFIELD DIARY 1792-1813, Linda Sabathy-Judd
LONDON FREE PRESS, August 29, 2001.
MELBOURNE ONTARIO CANADA, A Split Village at a Crossroad, Jo Ann Lucas Galbraith.
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