Built around 1900 this is the first brick house in Barkway and called The Willows. Wm. Lowe and his son Jack built it and hauled all the bricks by horse and cart from Bracebridge, 17 miles away.
The Ryde 135/Barn Quilt Committee is a group of dedicated, hard working volunteers operating under the umbrella of the Ryde Community Co-op. Ryde is a formerly independent township that was incorporated in 1879, but is now amalgamated into the Town of Gravenhurst.
The committee was formed to organize celebrations for Ryde’s 135th Anniversary. August 16th 2014 was chosen as the main date for the Ontario Doors Open event, and all of our culminating activities.
At our first meeting, one of the original members of the committee introduced the novel concept of barn quilts. We immediately saw this a way to promote our event and our isolated rural area, while honouring the legacy of the pioneers who settled the area. With boundless energy and enthusiasm, but no experience, we forged ahead, working solidly as a team, to create the "Ryde 135 Barn Quilt Trail"
We knocked on a lot of doors and received generous support from local businesses, our municipal government, and friends and neighbours. We learned as we went along, with a few bumps and bruises along the way, but as the quilts started to take shape, and the first ones were mounted in all their beauty, we were thrilled to see the results of our labour.
The Highway 11 Visitor Centre is located on Highway 11 North, 2 km north of Severn Bridge just south of Gravenhurst
Phone: 705-689-0660 or toll free 1-800-267-9700
RR#2, 1342 Highway 11 North,
Kilworthy, Ontario P0E 1G0
Telephone: +1 (705) 687-4200
Email: [email protected]
For more information, please refer to our parent co-op at:
1624 Barkway Road, RR #3 Gravenhurst, Ontario P1P 1R3