The Unveiling: Eleanor Blain & Sue Ellis & Quilters

When it was unveiled at Wardsville United Church May 14th, the crowd gasped in awe.
In October 2009, Wardsville’s quilt committee began designing a fabric quilt to commemorate their community’s bicentennial and founder, George Ward.

The Ward family’s struggles, the Battle of the Longwoods, and the social history of that time have been brought to life through a commemorative quilt that features thirty quilt blocks.  The beautiful blocks symbolize Ward’s life, his birth in Ireland, his involvement in several Wars in Europe as well as in North America, and the request from the British government for him to homestead in the Wardsville area in 1810.  Each block has a story.

A tremendous number of hours go into a quilt. From selecting fabric to cutting shapes to the hundreds of hours of stitching, Sue Ellis and Eleanor Blain involved many experienced and non-experienced quilters in the creation of the quilt.  The frames were set up at Beattie Haven Retirement Home.

When it was unveiled at Wardsville United Church May 14th, the crowd gasped in awe.  The following Saturday, the George Ward Commemorative Quilt was bundled up and taken to Shedden for the 2010 Plowing Match Quilting Competition where it won second prize in the Group category!

In 1810, Mr George Ward was requested by the British Government to establish a stopping point for travellers along the section of Longwoods Road between Thamesville and Delaware. When the war of 1812-14 was imminent, Mr Ward was asked to supply provisions and fresh horses for the military. Ward was also a player in the Battle of the Longwoods on March 4, 1814. He homesteaded the area called Ward’s Station, now Wardsville, creating a home for his wife and family.  He managed to live out his days in Wardsville and died in 1837. His remains are buried at the historical Wardsville cemetery.


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