Public Schedule for the Battle of Longwoods Bicentennial Commemoration

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 5:00 pm.

A memorial service will be conducted at the time of the battle 200 years ago at the Battle Hill site. Officiated by Rev. Richard Golden, memorial wreaths will be placed by community groups. A one-acre property owned by the County of Middlesex will be transferred to the Municipality of Southwest Middlesex. This sacred ground will be dedicated as a park in memory of those who fought and died at the Battle of the Longwoods.

Annual Pancake Supper at the Wardsville United Church 5 – 8 p.m. Free will offering. After the memorial service, attendees can go straight to Wardsville for pancakes.

Barn Quilt Trails. The local barn quilt trails tell the stories surrounding the war as it was experienced by women, children, and families in this area. For the map and the stories that go with each barn quilt go to

Friday, March 7, 2014

Royal Bash at Crocodile Productions, 1788 Longwoods Road, Old Community Hall, Wardsville.

4:00 pm – 7 pm Rich Gourmet Soups by Barb. Social gathering to soak up the spirit of the Longwoods. Warm Up, Hang out, Music, Bathroom, Art display.

8:00 p.m. Variety show at Old Community Hall featuring five acts: Stew Brandon, the Five Guys, Southwest Martial Arts Budokan, Mosa Central Comedy Troup, Kent May, Glenn Stott, and Crocodile video presentation.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Saturday Brunch. 9:00-12:00- Newbury Fire Hall, 22902 Hagerty Road, Newbury- @ $6.00. (Not the Wardsville Masonic Hall)

Saturday Morning – Tours, Displays, Libraries and Museums open.

Ken Willis is leading Barn Quilt Walking Tour around Wardsville. Wardsville Museum open.

10 am-2 pm Local Libraries: The Glencoe, Newbury and Wardsville Libraries are open 10 – 2 on Saturday, March 8th, with lots of activities planned to commemorate the Battle of Longwoods. There will be displays of antiques and children will make quill pens and spinners.

11:00 am- 5:00 pm. Longwoods Road (Hwy 2) to be closed. Traffic will be rerouted by OPP along County Roads: north on Dundonald; east/west on Concession Road and north/south on Pratts Siding Road.

12:00 noon – 2:00 pm. Reception Tent at the Battle of the Longwoods site. Soup and sandwich lunch kitchen by the 4 & 20 Blackbirds.

12:00-2:00pm – Spectators arrive at site. No bleachers: bring your own lawn chairs. Get a good observation position. Dress warmly.

Parking. Spectators can be dropped off at the cairn and then drivers will park their cars in an orderly fashion along the closed highway. A shuttle will move people from their cars to the battle site.

1:30 pm Last spectators arrive and get settled. Aim to arrive early and enjoy some social time at the Reception Tent and food by 4 & 20 Blackbirds. Dress warmly. Bring your own seating.

2:00 pm. Re-enactment begins.

Filming. Barb Urbach of Crocodile Productions is filming the re-enactment and urges everyone with a smartphone or camera to shoot video from their vantage point and submit it to their footage collection. Contact Barb Urbach at 519 692-1092 or burbach to arrange download after the event.

2:45 Dedication of the new Memorial Plaque.

3:00 pm. Drum Head Funeral Service. Because there was never a proper military burial of the dead after the battle, an official Drum Head funeral will be held for the 21 soldiers who died from both sides of the conflict. New

3:30- 4:45pm. Reception Tent social for spectators and participants. The re-enactors invited everyone to a complimentary reception with hot beverages and finger foods.

5:00 Road reopens. Traffic resumes. Spectator shuttle bus done.

6:00 pm-? – Battle of the Longwoods Dinner/Dance at the Glencoe Agricultural Hall $20/person. Period costumes encouraged. 6:00 pm Refreshments. 7:00 Dinner. 8:00 Dance of the Era. 9:00 Pierce Orchestra. Tickets: Antje Giles goldengryphon, Nola’s Décor, Glencoe Public Library, or Ken Beecroft 519 287-9909. This is a is a Celebrate Community Committee event

Sunday March 9, 2014

7:00 – 9:00 am. Continental Breakfast, Wardsville United Church. Donation.

10:00 am. Church Service held jointly by the Wardsville, North Ekfrid and Melbourne United Churches at the Wardsville United Church. A candle will be lit for each of the 21 soldiers lost two hundred years ago.

11:00 am Soup Luncheon, Wardsville United Church. Free will offering.

Bicentennial Commemoration complete.

Friday, Feb 28, 2014. This list prepared by the Commemoration Committee and Mary Simpson. To correct, call Mary at 519 318 1074. Subject to change.


About Mary Simpson

Mary is one of the facilitators for, a Canadian network of quilters, rural organizations, museums, historians, sponsors and many others with a passion for rural Canada. We are working together to promote and enhance rural creativity, the arts, Canadian heritage and culture.

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