Anyone can install their own barn quilt on their property and one of the aims of this project is to inspire heritage barn owners across Middlesex County to highlight their farmstead’s history with outdoor art. This particular War of 1812 project is a community project involving many groups and individuals.
There are several sponsorship opportunities. One category of sponsorship allows a business to have their name and brand permanently associated with one barn quilt. Businesses along Longwoods Road who meet the siting criteria may have an opportunity to sponsor a quilt block installed on their building. Jim Burr is coordinating the sponsorship program. (226) 236-0225
Hung on heritage timber frame barns, the barn quilts tell the little-known stories about the devastating American raids on southwestern Ontario in the last days of the War of 1812 - 1814. The quilt designs interpret the lasting effects these raids had upon the women and children.
The Longwoods Barn Quilt Trail is a 65-kilometre section of old Highway 2 (Longwoods Road) running from the Tecumseh Monument, near Thamesville, to the Delaware Speedway.
Photo above: Longwoods Barn Quilt Trail meeting held October 26, 2011. Photo by Mary Baxter. Pauline helps quilt designers and history researchers interpret the social history of the War of 1812 period.
Submitted by Mary Simpson, Longwoods Road Barn Quilt Trail project. Contacts: Mary Simpson, 519-287-3566 or 519-318-1074 or Denise Corneil 519-693-7002.