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Double Irish Chain

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Video: Wardsville Barn Quilt trail

The Double Irish Chain was a popular quilt pattern used in the early 1800s. The history of this quilt pattern connects the life of George Ward to his humble beginnings in his native country of Ireland. The Irish people who settled here in the early 1800s influence this area.

The Irish Double Chain quilt pattern was one of the many brought to Canada by Irish settlers such as Margaret Ward. Eventually the Irish double chain would become part of not just Irish heritage but Canadian heritage as well. This quilt block pattern reminds us that Canada’s people came from different backgrounds and countries.

Gunn’s Hill Artisan Cheese

Here’s a business that needs a barn quilt.  We’ll look for a “Cheese” block for you!  Congratulations to Gunn’s Hill Artisan Cheese in Oxford County!

Rural Raids and Divided Loyalties – Southwestern Ontario and the War of 1812

While many of us may be familiar with the major battles and events of the War of 1812 in Ontario, such as the battle of Queenston Heights and the death of Sir Isaac Brock or the battles of Stoney Creek and Lundy’s Lane, few know the stories of the American raids on Southwestern Ontario. Following the British withdrawal from Detroit and the loss of Lake Erie after the Battle of Put in Bay in 1813, the entire peninsula was defended by only small contingents of largely untrained militia. The Americans took advantage of this situation and launched a series of raids meant to demoralize the populace and deny the British army of one of their main sources of food and provisions. The raids also tested the loyalty of those living in the region, many of whom were recent immigrants from the United States.

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Active History on the Grand: Rural Raids and Divided Loyalties – Southwestern Ontario and the War of 1812.


Who was Tecumseh? Check out this vignette to understand the rise of Tecumseh. Tecumseh is an important part of the inspiration and history for the quilts being designed for the Longwoods Barn Quilt Trail.

Folk Art Hero: Maud Lewis

I like to think of barn quilts as rural folk art. Rural CIVIC folk art because we can all get involved in creating a barn quilt. It’s the perfect form of community-based art.

Maud Lewis

But whenever I say folk art, I always have the name “Maud Lewis” in the back of my mind.

Here’s a film about Maud Lewis and her art. We’re lucky to have the National Film Board.

Mary Simpson