Monthly Archives: November 2010

McNaughton’s in Newbury installs barn quilt block.

McNaughton Family Shopping Centre is the proud host and sponsor of the Ward’s Inn Barn Quilt Block. This block symbolizes the log cabin that George Ward built to offer Longwoods Trail travellers a place for food, drink and lodging. During the War of 1812-1814, Ward provided provisions and horses to the British Army.

McNaughton’s supported the Wardsville Bicentennial Barn Quilt Trail from the first moment of inspiration. Understanding the importance of community projects, the McNaughton Family Shopping Center has been integral in many community endeavours.

Ward's Inn Installed at McNaughton Family Shopping Centre

Thank you McNaughton’s for supporting Wardsville`s Barn Quilt Trail



‘Pointed Star’ at the Nauvoo Ranch

The Griffiths spent nine years renovating the interior of the 17-room French Victorian house they bought from the Dolbear estate in 1990.  The owners had been Lilian and Ernest Dolbear and it was built by Ernest’s father in 1875.

Garolynne Griffith says that she and Arthur, her husband who passed away in 2008, had a great time doing the renovations and once complete, they operated the house as a bed and breakfast.  In 2004, the couple moved into the house.

Re-doing the barns was the last project Arthur completed before he died.

The original horse stalls are still in the barn.  Griffith said saddlebag preachers used to come from Nauvoo, Illinoise an left their horses at the homestead where they stayed until they were ready to go back home.  She said this is where the name Nauvoo Road started.

Mrs. Griffith said Mrs. Dobear used to hold summer camps at the Ranch. Children slept in a bunkhouse and learned the ins and outs of the farm.  They looked after ponies, cleaned the barn, laid bedding and helped tend the garden.

“There definitely is a lot of history in this place,” Griffith said.

The pattern of the quilt is also unique to the Nauvoo Ranch home as it is taken directly from a pattern in one of the original stained glass windows located at the front of the home.  The fleur-de-lys is in the centre of the quilt block.  It is also found in stained glass throughout the home and in decorative pieces.

By Stephanie Cattrysse, Watford-Guide Advocate, Thursday September 16, 2010.  Page 9.  Excerpt from article.

‘Crossroads’ at Nauvoo Ranch, Twp. of Brooke-Alvinston

Driving past the Nauvoo Ranch or the former Charlie Annett Homestead on Nauvoo Road between Petrolia Line and Rokeby Line in the Township of Brooke-Alvinston, one will notice an eight foot square pattern on each of the barns.

The farms owned by Carolynne Griffith each have their own unique story, which is what Griffith says the barn quilts represent.

This barn quilt is located on farm that used to be owned by Charlie Annett.  The pattern looks like a road, which Griffith said to her signifies the Nauvoo Road that she believes was a Native trail.  The artist, Rick Sommer, of Wardsville, says the quilt is called “Crossroads” and is where four communities come together.  The blue represents the Thames River.

“It’s the only road in the area that links directly from Lake Erie to Lake Huron she said. Red and orange are colours incorporated into the quilt, a reflection of the brick the house was made of.

Griffith said she recalls several occasions when Mr. Annett would boast that his was the first brick home built in the area.  This was in 1875 and according to Mr. Annett’s stories, workers used to make the bricks right on the farm, using a machine that baked the bricks.  Griffith said one could tell by looking at the bricks, as they are smaller and narrower in size than bricks used today.

The old Annett home is currently undergoing renovations and Griffith said she may turn it into a bed and breakfast once it is completed.

By Stephanie Cattrysse, Watford Guide-Advocate, September 16, 2010.  Excerpt from article.




Takin’ the Barn Quilt show on the road

Mary Simpson and Denise Corneil have taken the “Talkin’ Barn Quilts” on the road.

We thank the Rodney Kiwanis Club for inviting us to tell them about barn quilts.  TELL them!?  We challenged them to launch a barn quilt project that tells the story of Aldborough Township and Rodney.  Every community has an intriguing story to illustrate with folk art. 

Be it village or farm side, there is a Creative Community waiting to be inspired to do a barn quilt.

Our 45-minute show will inspire your community to get on the barn quilt trail. It’s time for our rural communities to connect with social media and tell their story: facebook, twitter, blogs, Power point, You Tube video.  They are important tools for connecting with the virtual world.  Our younger and urban neighbours want to connect with the country.  Barn quilts are the visual –  social media is the means of communication.

Denise Corneil and Mary Simpson, Creative Communities

Contest: Do Something Great (in Your Rural Community)

The “Do Something Great!” online contest asks rural Ontarians: “What is one thing that you can do to make your rural community an even better place to live, work and play?”

The contest will award $200 to a chosen winner, and $200 will also be donated in the winner’s name to a not-for-profit or charitable organization in the winner’s rural Ontario community.

The “Do Something Great (in Your Rural Community)” contest  is open to people of all ages.

Submissions at

The contest closes on December 6th, and the winning entry will be chosen by a committee at the Rural Ontario Institute. In addition to the cash prizes, the winner will also be profiled in appropriate media.

For further information, please contact:

Alicia Evans
Project Manager – Steps to Leadership
5653 Highway #6 North, R.R. #5
Guelph, Ontario
N1H 6J2
Tel: 519-826-4204


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