Article ID# 2950133 Jesse Cnockaert, the Chronicle
The Your Wardsville Community Association is thinking ahead to 2012-2014, which will be the 200-year anniversary of the War of 1812.
Your Wardsville is a community organization dedicated to the promotion of Wardsville and the preservation of its history.
The group held their annual general meeting Jan. 19 and discussed what they’ve done in the past year, and some early thoughts on the War of 1812 anniversary. The Battle of the Longwoods, which happened March 4, 1814, was a battle that occurred on Longwoods Rd., where a mounted American raiding party defeated an attempt by British regulars, volunteers from the Canadian militia and Native Americans to intercept them near Wardsville.
A re-enactment is planned for March 6, 2014 to take place on at Battle Hill on Longwoods Rd. This will be the first ever re-enactment on the actual battle site.
“They’re looking forward to the commemoration of the War of 1812-14, which launches in 2012,” said Mary Simpson, Your Wardsville’s past-president. “That battle was significant in that it was one of the last skirmishes of the war. It was winding down at that point.”
The Upper Thames Reenactment Society is planning their annual commemoration on March 6, 2011 2:00 p.m. at the Battle of the Longwoods Cairn to remember the soldiers who died at the Battle of Longwoods March 4, 1814. The re-enactors march several miles in from the east, just as the Red Coats did. They start at McArthur’s park several miles east of Battle Hill on Longwoods Road.
This past year was a big one for the Your Wardsville group; having organized the Duncombe Days and the Wardsville Bi-centennial June 18-19
The Your Wardsville annual report stated that last year, volunteers invested 2,500 hours into various projects including stitching quilt blocks, painting barn quilt block replicas, hosting a re-enactment about George Ward and pioneer life, producing a Barn Quilt promotional video, and other projects.http://www.thechronicle-online.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2950133