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Tecumseh Barn Quilt Block

Tecumseh Barn Quilt Block

This beautiful rendition of Tecumseh is one of the 30 images on the Trail of Tears Barn Quilt Trail  in Chippewa on the Thames First Nation.  Thanks to Glenda Cochran, Art & Soul Photography for her great work.

Follow this map to see this image and other First Nations Barn Quilt Art.

Battle of the Longwoods, March 4, 1814

Another story by W.A. Edwards, local story teller and poet of the 1930s.  Written in 1931.

Vivid Story of Real Scrap In The War of 1812 That Did Not Find Its Way Into The History Books.

This is the story of “Battle Hill” an episode of the war of 1812 and sequel to the Battle of Moraviantown, where the gallant Tecumseh laid down his life for the young colony of Canada, and Col Proctor met such ignominious. Why history has failed to chronicle this thrilling and desperate encounter has always been a mystery.  Today, few if any, realize the significance of the name, for with the passing of the pioneer, has gone all vivid recollection of the struggle and its gruesome aftermath.  Among the sleepy hollows echo the rattle of the farmers wagons.  And so may they rest in peace. Read the rest of this entry

Longwoods Barn Quilt Trail update

Another twenty barn quilts are up along Longwoods Road between the Battle Hill Memorial near Woodgreen and Delaware.  Installation by T.L McCallum Construction.  Genie Lift sponsored by DeWitt Construction.

Brochures and guides are being distributed to locations along this section of the Longwoods Arts Corridor.  Grab one while they last.
Here is the map
Ailsa Craig  Community Quilt Festival continues today and tomorrow.  Don’t miss it.
The Battle of the Longwoods is being re-enacted this weekend at Longwoods Conservation Area:    Saturday and Sunday.

The Traitor Tree.

Mrs George Ward’s story about the Traitor Tree:

My husband George was worried sick about us. It was early March 1814 and he knew the Americans were coming from the West. We were here at the inn at Ward’s Landing and he was fulfilling his militia duty with the British company in Delaware – to the east. Neither Colonel Stewart nor Captain Wilson would give George permission to return to Wardsville to look after us. When it turned cold he headed home without permission.  He spent an uncomfortably long time hanging from the Traitor Tree after he was overtaken by Lt. Gill of the Michigan Mounted Rangers near Strathburn. 

My George, a tough old soldier and British patriot, held his tongue. The Americans took him back to their abattis at Twenty Mile Creek and hanged him again for further questioning. On the morning of the Battle of the Longwoods, March 4, he was released and he walked to the Edwards farm at the Big Bend. Ward asked Mathews to take his horse and warn the British but Mathews refused.  The battle started at 5 p.m. and the Edwards could hear the battle from the Big Bend.

Alas, William Caldwell saw him leaving the American compound and assumed he was playing both sides.  The British accused George of being a traitor!  The accusation stuck. He lost his army pension and spent the rest of his life writing letters to the authorities requesting a fair trial.  At the age of 94, George died in 1837 with a cloud still over his head.”

Written by Mary Simpson