Oxford County

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Oxford County

Path Through the Woods

This block on the 90-year-old Bowman family barn symbolizes the dense forests that the early settlers of Oxford had to tame. They created roads from paths through the woods, felling thousands of trees to establish farms and villages.

Quilt Address:

293140 Culloden Line
Verschoyle , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
42.939123, -80.860676

Cross In A Cross

Settlers held religious services in their homes until congregations grew large enough to build a church.

Quilt Address:

312281 Dereham Line
Delmer , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
42.869722, -80.795349

Roads to the Station

The coming of the railroad was an exciting event!  This block is located at the Great Western Railway Station (1879-1975), which today has been repurposed to the arts-based, community involved, Station Arts Centre.

Quilt Address:

41 Bridge St. W
Tillsonburg , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
42.862226, -80.731913

9 Patch Log Cabin

This block represents the first building in Tillsonburg, a two room log cabin built by George Tillson.  Settling in 1825, George and Nancy Tillson with their five children, became the fourth family in Dereham Township.

Quilt Address:

30 Tillson Avenue
Tillsonburg , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
42.862050, -80.722506

Envelope Motif

In 1905, Springford's George Wilcox began lobbying politicians to provide mail delivery to rural Canada since urban residents already had that convenience. By June 1911, the first mail was delivered to the farmers in South Norwich Township.

Quilt Address:

592624 Oxford 13 Road
Springford , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
42.898661, -80.665883

Grist Mill

Recognized as an ideal mill site, with the building of Earl and Avery’s Mill in 1807, Otterville became one of the area’s early settlements.

Quilt Address:

250 Main Street
Otterville , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
42.925955, -80.606958

Tobacco Road

This area’s cultural diversity developed most of its roots from European and American settlers who were attracted to growing the rich tobacco crop.

Quilt Address:

812868 Baseline Road
Norwich , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
42.966395, -80.546363

The Wagon Wheel

The Norwich & District Historical Society is comprised of a museum and archives.

Quilt Address:

89 Stover Street
North Norwich , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
43.007472, -80.604587

The Dutchman's Puzzle

The ‘Dutchman’s Puzzle’ represents the integral role of Dutch immigration to Oxford County, which began as early as 1946. Henry Couwenberg  emigrated to Canada from the Netherlands in 1956.

Quilt Address:

713829 Middletown Line
Burgessville , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
43.032727, -80.655903

Wagon Tracks

 Roads were the lifeline of pioneer settlement.  Fittingly “Wagon Tracks” is located on the historic Stage Road, Southwestern Ontario’s first road.  As early as 1829, this important road saw up to 36 coaches and express riders daily.  It was also

Quilt Address:

505032 Old Stage Road
Oxford Centre , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
43.099665, -80.680676

Cock's Comb

A rooster and chickens were an essential part of a settler’s belongings.

Quilt Address:

163719 Brownsville Road
Brownsville , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
42.866373, -80.817033

Arrowhead Puzzle

The block on the Stubbe’s Furniture Barn honours this area’s First Nations'. Prior to European settlement, Oxford County was home to many First Nations villages, one of which was located just west of here.

Quilt Address:

616 Broadway
Tillsonburg , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
42.878419, -80.746444

New Water Wheel

Water was an important source of power for early settlers.  E.D. Tillson, son of Tillsonburg’s founder George, created a milling empire by harnessing the power of the Otter Creek.

Quilt Address:

20 John Pound Road
Tillsonburg , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
42.856693, -80.724659

Churn Dash

The Churn was an important household item for the early settler.  Churns were used into the early 1900’s on farms, like this century family dairy farm, that now has the fourth generation of Holstein breeders living and working on it.

Quilt Address:

4860 Milldale Road
Springford , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
42.931043, -80.674478

Church Window

As early as 1829, free blacks made their way to the Otterville area and by 1840, their settlement was significant enough for a school to be built.

Quilt Address:

250 Church Street
Otterville , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
42.928282, -80.607409

Weathervane

“Reading the signs” to forecast the weather was a talent many settlers developed. To assist, early barns were decorated with a weathervane and lightning rods. This farm was settled by Job Church.

Quilt Address:

225720 Otterville Road
Otterville , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
42.929305, -80.584083

Corn & Beans

Cowric Farms is owned and operated by four brothers and their families. The brothers are descendants of Samuel Cornwell, an early settler in Norwich Township.

Quilt Address:

325861 Norwich Road
Norwich , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
42.990114, -80.580898

Friendship Block

This farm, presently owned by Hans and Ursula Habeggar, was first occupied by Joseph Throckmorton and his wife, Adeline Delong whose father, Peter Delong, accompanied Peter Lossing from Dutchess County, New York, in 1810.

Quilt Address:

345609 Quaker Street
Norwich , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
43.000253, -80.613779

Farmer's Daughter

This block pays homage to the women of pioneer families who worked alongside the men to settle Oxford County. Hard work in both the field and the home created strong women whose influence can still be felt throughout the County today.

Quilt Address:

714318 Middletown Line
Curries , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
43.096524, -80.682033

Grandmother's Love

 The quilt block is called "Grandmother's Love"  it is an original design based on two quilts that belong to the family.

Quilt Address:

505205 Old Stage Road
Woodstock , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
43.097019, -80.705677

Right Hand of Friendship

The perfect block to start your tour of Oxford Country Barn Quilts is called the Right Hand of Friendship and you will find the people of this predominately rural county welcoming.

Quilt Address:

293905 Culloden Line
Ingersoll , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
43.005098, -80.878161