Monthly Archives: July 2010
Tom McCallum and Ross Snider install the Battle of Trois Rivieres.
In the early 1770s, as the British parliament was drafting the Quebec Act, which would supersede the Royal Proclamation as the constitution of Quebec, revolution was breaking out in the American colonies.
Early in May of 1775, a small force of men from Vermont captured the British forts in Ticonderoga and Crown Point. With these successes, the Americans decided to invade Canada. Two army columns, one under Richard Montgomery, made for Montreal, the other under Benedict Arnold headed for Quebec City.
Montgomery’s troops overcame light British resistance at Chambly and St. John’s on their advance on Montreal and entered the city on November 13th. Montgomery then joined Benedict Arnold and together their forces marched on Quebec City. The British repelled them when they attacked on December 31st.
Montgomery was killed and Arnold was wounded. The Americans then laid siege to the city and maintained a blockade until the following May (1776), when a British fleet brought fresh troops from England. The Americans retreated up to Three Rivers ahead of these troops, one of whom was George Ward.
The heavy fighting that took place at Three Rivers was Ward’s first battle on North American soil, but not his last. The Americans were driven up the Richelieu River, up Lake Champlain and into Crown Point. It being October, the British commander, Guy Carleton, decided that the season for fighting was drawing to a close and retired to Quebec for the winter. These engagements effectively ended what was called, “the struggle for the fourteenth colony.”
The Thamesville Community Credit Union-Wardsville Branch is the proud host and sponsor of the Double Irish Chain barn quilt block. The Double Irish Chain is a very tradtional quilt block pattern that we have used to symbolize George Wards Country of birth, Ireland. George Ward was born in 1743.
Indian Paintbrush a brightly painted barn quilt block in the colours of our First Nations Neighour, Delaware Moravia of the Thames, the First People. Indian Paintbrush is in honour of the First Nations people that assisted George and Margaret Ward in this area.
Ken Fitt and Ilse Buhn are the hosts of this barn quilt block with Wardsville Tire Sales being the generous sponsor.
The Wagon Tracks Barn quilt block was the first installation for Tom McCallum and his team. Tom has been the lead framer and installer bringing many years of construction knowledge to the barn quilt project. Pictured here with his son Mat and fishing buddy Bev Corneil the trio installed the first barn quilt block for the Wardsville Barn Quilt Trail. Wagon Tracks symbolizes the trails created by pioneers with ox and wagon.
Jan and Paul Moniz are hosting the Corn, Beans and Wheat barn quilt block. This barn quilt block symbolizes the crops that George Ward grew here in the Wardsville area. Corn, Beans & Wheat pays hommage to the farmers of our area.
The Moniz Barn is one of the great “pack” barns that remain in our community. The pack barn is where great bales of dried and graded flu cured tobacco was stored until the tobacco went to the sale barn in Aylmer. The barn is presently used as storage.