Author Archives: Mary Simpson

Webinar demonstration for the “NEW” Ontario Barn Quilt Trails web site.

d37ef045-c8a2-4e1d-a7f5-11bf0dcced3f.jpgYou are invited to a webinar demonstration of the new Ontario Barn Quilt Trails website. It’s been live for a few weeks and we want you to take a look and give us your feedback and ideas.

David Jonah, our keynote speaker, will get the creative juices flowing and stimulate new ideas about how barn quilt trails can support our rural enterprises and cultural tourism. If you are thinking about organizing a trail or you are involved in the tourism sector or you are promoting the barn quilt phenomenon, tune in. New website launch featuring barn quilts across the province of Ontario

The new improved and interactive website is ready for your visit. Our objective is a dynamic virtual living network of people interested in barn quilts. Three audiences: tourists and day trippers; barn quilt organizers, painters, creators; and businesses.

Put on any one of those three hats and visit the site. What works? What doesn’t work? Suggestions? Just hit the red question mark and send us a message with your ideas.

We know there is lots to do. It is a labour of love that will never be finished. Of particular interest is the eventual capability of barn quilt organizers to manage their information. For promoters and communities proud of the trails through their area, it will be possible to embed your trail into your own website.

Please tailor this invitation for your own network, and send it along. We need everyone’s feedback and suggestions now.

Thanks for all your help and encouragement,

Mary SimpsonSecretary, Ontario Barn Quilt Trails
Partner with Creative Communities
Tel (519) 287-3566
Cel (519) 318-1074
marysimpson Ontario Barn Quilt Trails

Half of Parks Canada assets in ‘poor’ shape

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Back on June 19, 2012 while touring the local Lambeth historical society along the Longwoods Barn Quilt Trail, our stop at the Battle of the Longwoods cairn was enriched by the coincidence of meeting up with Parks Canada staff.  The sad news he admitted is that the Harper government is not allocating enough money to maintain assets such as this cairn.  This aging cairn needs yearly maintenance to keep it in good repair.  Mary Simpson promised she would pass along our disappointment to our MP, Bev Shipley.  The Longwoods Barn Quilt Trail is all about appreciating our local history.  Little evidence remains of the War of 1812-14.  This delicate cairn is precious.

Many months later, Parks Canada admits that 47% of all its assets are in poor or very poor condition.  A separate sampling pushed that overall level to 53%.

Feb 12, 2014 Globe & Mail Article :  Internal report says Parks Canada buildings in worse shape than claimed – The Globe and Mail

Longwoods Trail stories are featured in a documentary

This documentary covers the same territory as the Longwoods Barn Quilt Trail: the social history of the War of 1812 – 1814.

As the title suggests, A Desert Between Us and Them is about the people involved on the ground in the two-year war between the U.S. and Canada, either as combatants or as collateral damage. There is no focus here on aspects of the war which are more widely (if vaguely) known by the average Ontarian. No mention at all, for example, of the burning of the White House in Washington by a daring band of Canadians. Laura Secord gets one shout out but her contribution to the war effort is not described.


Reference: An Oct 1st story from The Windsor Star: “TVO film brings ‘real’ War of 1812 to life” ( See the full text at )

Sponsors of the Longwoods Barn Quilt Trail

Champions creating an Arts Corridor


Chris Dewit Construction Inc. Phone:  (519) 476-7331

T.L. McCallum Construction Ltd. Phone: (519) 851-7257

F.T. Garage, Gary Couckuyt

Cubeit Moving &Storage

Crawford & Danyluk Insurance Brokers in Delaware ON

Crocodile Productions

Municipality of Strathroy Caradoc

Municipality of Middlesex Centre

Municipality Southwest Middlesex

Betty Simpson

Creative Communities

The Clench Trust