WANTED – Barns to display tartans!

Tartans on Barns was conceived by Mary Ellen Lee Stewart in 2016, just as the 200th anniversary of the Perth Military Settlement was being celebrated. It seemed like an opportune time to promote the Scottish and Irish ancestry of the area by having local barn owners display a tartan of significance to their family or property. The goal is to establish a self-guided “Tartan Trail” of barns with large tartan panels attached, which rural travelers driving the back roads and byways would come across and enjoy as an aspect of local history.

Mary Ellen Lee Stewart was born and raised in Perth, Canada as were her father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and great-great-grandfather. Her ancestors were among the Irish and Scottish immigrants who established the canals opening the Ottawa River to the St. Lawrence River and forming the Rideau Canal System (now a UNESCO Heritage Site) from Perth’s Tay River to Brockville.

The Town of Perth was established as a military settlement in 1816, shortly after the War of 1812. Mary takes a personal interest in celebrating the history of the area, for example through directing the annual Perth’s World Record Kilt Run and promoting the Tartans on Barns project to showcase settlement history.

Anyone who owns a barn in the Perth Military Settlement area (see http://www.perthhs.org/map-settlement.html) should please contact Mary about investing in a beautiful and meaningful tartan panel for display. As with other situations where “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts,” the more panels that travelers encounter, the greater will be the sense of history evoked.