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North Star - A Settler's Guide

Owned by : South Grey Museum
Sponsored by: The Municipality of Grey Highlands
Located: 40 Hwy. 10 (Sydenham Street), Flesherton, ON 
Part of the For the Love of Grey Barn Quilt Tour, this design is based on the North Star quilt pattern. The star marks the geographic North Pole and was used by travellers to guide their path. It was significant to the Underground Railway, which drew people following the North Star to freedom. Early Black settlers who predated local survey and the
Scots and Irish pioneers who came after them to this area would have used the star to trek into the thick bush. Families gained freedom and free land here. They cleared the land and put it under crop to earn their land grant and the opportunity to buy the adjacent 50 acres. Thus by following the North Star their efforts rippled out to create the farms
of today. The quilt colours represent dark green forest, light green cleared land and yellow wheat crops.
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