Elgin County

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Elgin County

Compass Rose

Compass Rose - The name compass rose comes from the figure’s compass points, which resemble the flower’s petals.

Quilt Address:

17 Robinson Street
Port Burwell , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
42.645443, -80.806751

Pinwheel Star

Pinwheel Star - One of a number of former tobacco farms in the area, this farm today produces cash crops. The house was built in the 1870s.

Quilt Address:

51200 Vienna Line
Malahide , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
42.693146, -80.924751

Churn Dash

Churn Dash - One of Ontario’s largest collections of dairy industry artifacts resides in these buildings. Built up over a span of 30 years, the collection is the work of former dairy farmers Andy and Lotty van Kasteren.

Quilt Address:

48075 Jamestown Line
Malahide , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
42.677462, -81.018033

Baby Blocks

Baby Blocks - This board and batten home was constructed in 1840 and features bargeboard trim. Here, Fred Sheppard, an artist and true eccentric, lived without hydro, plumbing or a furnace.

Quilt Address:

5277 Quaker Road
Central Elgin , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
42.682861, -81.078738

Sugar Maple

Sugar Maple - Until the 1930s, a huge sugar maple was located southeast of this barn about one mile from the four corners in Sparta.

Quilt Address:

45644 Sparta Line
Central Elgin , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
42.702858, -81.097321

Corn & Beans

Corn & Beans - For the 30 years preceding the building of the London and Port Stanley Railway in 1853, what is now Sunset Road was the main route to London. Supplies, settlers and even the British Army travelled this road.

Quilt Address:

6679 Sunset Road Central Elgin
Union , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
42.716991, -81.192233

Grist Mill

Grist Mill - The Tufford Barn occupies the site of the Neil McAlpine farm. In the 1830s, when McAlpine settled here, the Talbot Settlement was still small.

Quilt Address:

37632 Fingal Line
Southwold , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
42.747746, -81.276730

Star of Bethlehem

Star of Bethlehem - Archibald, the brother of Duncan McKillop – whose descendants still manage the farm he cleared at 24810 Talbot Line – settled here in the early 1800s.

Quilt Address:

30312 Talbot Line
Dutton-Dunwich , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
42.642647, -81.453634

Rail Fence

Rail Fence - Wallacetown is one of the early communities of the Talbot settlement. Once known as Frogtown for the frog-filled swamps in the vicinity, it was renamed for the Scottish hero William Wallace.

Quilt Address:

29593 Talbot Line
Wallacetown , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
42.633723, -81.466563

All Tangled Up

All Tangled Up - The McKillops are a founding family of Elgin County; this farm is now managed by the seventh generation.

Quilt Address:

24810 Talbot Line
Eagle , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
42.560688, -81.572795

Oak Plains

Oak Plains - In November 1830 on the oak plains of South Yarmouth Township the “First Yarmouth Regular Baptist Church” was established as a Branch of the Iona or First Southwold Baptist Church.  It became a separate church in Marc

Quilt Address:

6071 Fairview Road
N0L 2L0 Central Elgin , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
42.702242, -81.167026

Welcome with Open Arms

Welcome with Open Arms - is Elgin County’s first barn quilt, erected in 2010. South of ‘Four Corners’ this century old farmstead was deeded to Col. Talbot in 1821.

Quilt Address:

28011 Ash Line
N0L 2M0 Wallacetown , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
42.600917, -81.491175

Railway Crossing

Railway Crossing - For 90 years, a rail line ran through this farm. The station was located nearby and the station master lived across the road.

Quilt Address:

56486 Heritage Line
Straffordville , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
42.748232, -80.771920

Bike Wheel

Bike Wheel - Perry Doolittle, a Luton native, built the area’s first bicycle with the help of a nearby blacksmith in the 1860s.

Quilt Address:

50182 John Wise Line
Malahide , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
42.730878, -80.957273

Rippling Waters

Rippling Waters - Across from the barn lies Catfish Creek on which scows once took flour, lumber and whisky from the village of Jamestown inland to Port Bruce on Lake Erie.

Quilt Address:

47972 Rush Creek Road
Port Bruce , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
42.654511, -81.008881

Drunkard's Path

Drunkard's Path - Three of Sparta’s four taverns voluntarily closed with the rise of the temperance movement. Led by two ministers and Dr. Shannon, citizens lifted the license from the fourth, the Ontario House.

Quilt Address:

Smith Street
N0L 2H0 Sparta , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
42.701223, -81.080431

Evening Star

Evening Star - This site was once the home of Sarah Haight, the Quaker Community’s first minister. Haight settled here in 1820. This home, built by her son in 1837 is still owned by the family.

Quilt Address:

45358 Sparta Line
Central Elgin , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
42.703088, -81.109467

Log Cabin

Log Cabin - Originally Smoak’s Corners, the village once located here became known as Middlemarch, named after George Elliott’s novel.

Quilt Address:

38662 Fingal Line
Southwold , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
42.761718, -81.253147

Indian Trail

Indian Trail - These corners are named for Col. Mahlon Burwell, who surveyed many nearby townships and the Talbot Road from Port Talbot east to Delhi and west to Windsor.

Quilt Address:

33280 Fingal Line
Southwold , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
42.668235, -81.353693

Irish Star

Irish Star - Col. Thomas Talbot’s first settlers arrived near here in 1809 and were all related to Leslie Patterson, an Irishman from County Fermanagh.

Quilt Address:

29424 Lakeview Line
Dutton-Dunwich , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
42.606456, -81.446263

Four Corners

Four Corners - These corners are named for Henry Coyne who arrived here in 1817 and built an inn. For many years, Coyne’s Road was the route south to the busy lake dock at Tyrconnell from which grain and timber where shipped.

Quilt Address:

28143 Talbot Line
Dutton-Dunwich , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
42.611458, -81.499016

Peace Star

Peace Star - Thomas Ford, from Edinburgh, emigrated to the United States in 1808 and eventually established a brewery in Caledonia, New York. When war erupted in 1812, the U.S.

Quilt Address:

20272 Talbot Line
West Elgin , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
42.490668, -81.672144

Dove in Flight

Dove In Flight - The great, great grandparents of Lynda Prong, William and Catherine Hilborn,  purchased this property in 1862 from John Mills. The Hilborn’s were Quakers from Pennsylvania.

Quilt Address:

6993 Quaker Road
St. Thomas , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
42.754749, -81.079447