Osgoode Township Museum announces commencement of Rural Ottawa Barn Quilt Trail Project

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VERNON – The Osgoode Township Museum is very excited to announce its Rural Ottawa Barn Quilt Trail Project. Since the COVID-19 pandemic started, we are looking at ways to engage community members and bring visitors to our community while maintaining physical distancing. We are inviting families, farm owners and agricultural businesses to create a barn quilt as a way to celebrate our rural heritage. This project, which is open to submissions from May 6 to September 30, is a combination of a tourism attraction, a business marketing tool, and a showcase of our unique community history. As a permanent part of our landscape, it will build community and provide the perfect opportunity to expand cultural tourism in the Osgoode Ward.

What is a barn quilt?

It’s a piece of wood (normally 8’x8’) that’s been painted to look like a quilt square. Some barn quilts are replicates of traditional quilt block patterns, while others are unique designs featuring a favourite dog, type of livestock or a farm logo. Barn quilts tell stories about individual farms, historical events or communities while also adding visual interest to the countryside and increasing rural tourism.

What barn quilts can do:

  • Barn quilts draw attention to Canada’s disappearing rural landscape
  • Rural communities find a way to get themselves on the map and connect with travelling public
  • Farms and businesses install barn quilts as part of their promotion strategies
  • People paint and install barn quilts as part of their outdoor gardening and landscape projects, and tell a story of their family history

About Osgoode Township Museum

The Osgoode Township Museum traces its founding back to 1972 when the first meeting to organize “The New Horizons Historical Group” was held. Their purpose in establishing this group was to do research, create interest, collect data, preserve and publish the history of Osgoode Township and the genealogy of its residents. 

The Museum tells the story of Ottawa’s rural and agricultural heritage.

For more information on the Rural Ottawa Barn Quilt Trail, please check out our website, or contact the Osgoode Township Museum at manager@osgoodemuseum.ca or visit our Facebook page.

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