Category Archives: Longwoods Barn Quilt Trail

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 )

Remembering Scott Patterson

Suddenly on Friday August 30, 2013, as the result of an accident, Scott Gordon Patterson of R.R. 3 Newbury in his 53rd year.   Scott was a born farmer.  He became the next generation to care for the land and truly loved his farming life.  He devoted more than 30 years to trucking sweet corn, making many life-long friends “in the corn patch”.  He owned and operated a snowplow truck for the MTO for over 25 years, clearing the way for travellers on the 401.  He was a faithful elder at St. John’s Presbyterian Church, Wardsville.  Scott visited many ballparks in Southwestern Ontario, through his own days of playing baseball and then watching his daughters.  He was passionate about all of his activities – but most of all he loved all his girls. His competitive nature, sense of humor and hard work ethic will remain in the hearts of his family, as they cherish his memory.  They were truly blessed to have him in their life.
Full obituary:
Also: McLean’s Magazine obituary column called “The End” featuring Scott on October 15, 2013
The Dogwood Barn Quilt is installed on Scott’s barn at 406 Longwoods Rd, Newbury, ON  Scott is the beloved husband of 28 years of Lenore (McColl).  Scott was a proud and loving father of his 5 daughters, Krista (Gary Simpson), Emily (Jeremy Featherstone), Hilary in Heaven, Megan (Justin Staels) and Kelly.   Scott is now the story behind the Dogwood Barn Quilt but for the original story see The Story:  “My name is Elizabeth Bedford.”

Quilt love + Tall Ships Hamilton (end of June 2013)

Just wanted to let you know how impressed I was with the Quilt Exhibition! I wish I had had more time to spend reading up on each quilt and doing some quilting on the frame…but regardless, each time I popped my head in the tent I was completely blown away by it. It looked fantastic and you and your team brought a layer to the event that was unique and engrossing and told stories that were not otherwise told.

Thanks so much for your work on this, and please pass on my appreciation to all of the quilt artists, volunteers, and fellow staff that contributed to this project.

Many thanks!!


Jen Anisef
Art and Event Initiatives Coordinator
Tourism and Culture Division
Planning and Economic Development Department
City of Hamilton

Longwoods Barn Quilt and stories. Click on a block for details about each block

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Thames River

Hosted by  by ROKS Farms, 2115 Gideon Drive, Delaware, Middlesex Centre, ON

Joint sponsored by ROKS Farms and Sew Creative, Mount Brydges

Thames River

Painted by the Delaware Lions Club

When the adjacent Longwoods Road was a mere blazed  trail through the wilderness, the Thames was the route of choice for travelers. Long a valued  route for natives, traffic on the river increased as settlement grew.  From the late 1700’s vast amounts of lumber from the Delaware mills was rafted down  river in the spring flow. This lumber built Detroit, Sandwich (Windsor), Amherstburg.   On their return trips the rafters brought goods for the settlers. Even in winter the frozen surface was busy with sleighs as commerce continued.

The  Thames and its  tributaries provided power for mills sawing lumber and grinding the locally grown grains to flour.  The river teemed with fish, a welcome food source. Fur bearing animals ,  a source of income for trappers , lived in and along its banks.   Prone to flooding ,the river at times caused destruction and heartbreak as mill dams were washed out, crops and fences destroyed.

During the war, the river was used  winter and summer to transport  fresh military staff  and supplies, being on the route from Niagara to the action in the Lake St Clair area. Sick, wounded ,and defeated armies, their native allies, prisoners of war, and  terrified civilians, made the journey up river to Delaware . From there  they proceeded  on land via  the newly made Commissioners Road to Niagara.

On a summer’s day as the river quietly  flows to  Lake St Clair, its tumultuous history seems so far away.

But listen and watch ….hear the songs of the native paddlers , the deafening roar of the spring beakup, the shouts of the raftsmen,  the refugee’s whispered  conversations, Governor Simcoe and his colorful 1793 party   passing by.  The river has seen it all.

Written by Frances Kilbourne, February 2012