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The War of 1812 was fought along Longwoods Road in southwest Ontario. Canada held its ground, went to Washington to help the British burn down the White House and the Americans just left. This video will provide you a glimpse of one battle as portrayed by Rick Mercer. It’s an historic road and very Canadian. Here’s how we adopted its name.

During my first years in Canada I lived only a 20-minute drive from Longwoods Road. I admit that the unresolved battles fought along its route were far from my mind as I concentrated more on the fight between Wolf and Montcalm on the Plains of Abraham – decidedly won by the Canadians. Their battle was the topic of a speech that won me a series of speaking contests in towns on either side of Longwoods Road. A grade 4 student and an immigrant kid with something to prove. My schooling continued.

While tolerating a stoic upbringing and accepting a narrowly deserved undergraduate degree from Calvin College in Michigan, Bill Siegel, then a total stranger to me, received his PhD from the University of Michigan – just down the road. I-96 that is. I turned to business in Toronto and Bill moved on to teach psychology, research methods and statistics at the University of Western Ontario. While teaching at Western, he bought a scenic 125 acre farm in the Thames River Valley, just south of the Longwoods Road. The farm included 70 acres of hardwood forest that was part of the original Longwoods, which stretched from London to Detroit in the 19th century.

When Bill switched careers from academe to business, he sold his farm in the Longwoods, and used the capital to become an entrepreneur. “I lost the farm” he told me, “but gained a company, which in gratitude I named Longwoods.”

Siegel was focused on providing research services in support of governments and corporations. By the time we met I was providing corporate publishing services for similar clients. Over time we started collaborating and eventually it made sense that my organization adopt the same corporate label. Its history and location resonated. Subsequently I transformed into a publisher dedicated to healthcare, while he set the standard of excellence in research focused on economic development and tourism.

I am writing this on the 100th anniversary of the War of 1812 fought along the Longwoods. Today Bill Siegel and I work on both sides of the border fully cognizant that nothing was settled in 1812 and that Canada is still above it all. O Canada! O Say can you see!

W. Anton Hart
Longwoods Publishing
| Longwoods International

June 18, 2012 | on this day in history, 200 years ago, a faction of the US Congress known as the “War Hawks” had been advocating war with Britain for several years and had not hidden their hopes that a U.S. invasion of Canada might result in significant territorial land gains for the United States.

And today The Royal Canadian Mint Announces Series of Five Commemorative Circulation Coins Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812. Motrin

This entry was posted on Tuesday, June 19th, 2012 at 9:15 am and is filed under Longwoods Online.