Plenty of oxen at Harvest Festival!

Labour Day weekend provided good weather, with Sunday Sept. 3 being mostly cloudy but dry. It was excellent weather for the teamsters and their oxen to be pulling, with a record 36 teams on hand.

Similarly, the Maritime Hand Mowing Championships went off well, with scythes coming from as far away as Chezzetcook. Two competitors who got their share of attention were only eight and eleven years old respectively, and they knew what they were doing.

Some of the oats crop had been harvested ahead of time, but the McCormick reaper and the ancient threshing machine had lots left to work with.

Inside Heritage Hall, the Domestic Arts competitions mostly saw a good number of entries. Out on the deck, balloon animals and painted faces were being produced, with the Fish Pond providing treat baggies for the youngest kids. New additions to the swing set were well used.

The photos below, by Cora Anne Rogers, give some idea of what went on. Below the photos you will find some results from the competitive classes.

Hand Mowing Winners:

In the Hand Mowing, George Fralic won. George, also, won the Age 70 and over category. In the Mowing around a Chair, Peter Redden won. In the Hay Lift, Age 12 and under, Blaise Robertson; 171 lbs. and over, Carmen Legge; 170 lbs. and under, Chantz Doherty.

Ox Pull: (coming up)


Domestic Arts competition winners 

Mixed Bouquet:
1. Anne van Arragon
2. Adeline Blatt
3. Linda Hart

Garden Display:

1. Margaret Hall

Date Loaf:
1. Margaret Hall
2. Doreen Swindell
3. Shirley Ward

Blueberry Pie:
1. Diana DeAdder
2. Doreen Swindell
3. Shirley Ward

Ginger Molasses cookies:
1. Diana DeAdder
2. Margaret Hall
3. Doreen Swindell

Fruit Jelly:
1. Margaret Hall
2. Margaret Bentley
3. Diana DeAdder

Crocheted Afghan:

1. Vernon Marshall

Any Embroidered Item:

1. Anne van Arragon
2. Diana DeAdder
3. Janet Hall

Popular Vote (Canada 150):
1. Doreen Swindell with her hand-stitched Canada quilt

(Prizes consisted of grocery gift cards)

Harvest Festival coming up on September 3.

Maritime Hand Mowing Championships

Register by noon; competition starts at 1 p.m. Keep guard on blade when not in use.

Domestic Arts competitions

Baking competition
1. Date loaf
2. Blueberry pie
3. Molasses/ginger cookies

1. Mixed bouquet using garden flowers and wildflowers

“Canada 150” garden display
1. Use any combination of fruit, vegetables, and flowers.

1. crocheted afghan
2. any hand embroidered item

Popular Vote category: “Canada 150”
Bring something that makes you feel proud of Canada. Write a sentence or two explaining why.


One entry per class per person.
The baked goods should use old-fashioned ingredients.
The garden display must fit into a 16” X 16” space, and use local items only.
4. All entries to be brought to Heritage Hall between 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
5. Entry forms will be supplied on arrival
6. All entries must be left for display until after 3 p.m.
7. Prizes will be awarded at 3 p.m. Please come to Heritage Hall to collect yours.


NFHC says “Goodbye!” to summer student employee

NFHC was able to hire a student for an eight-week stretch this summer. Marcia helped the group get caught up with tasks such as correctly labeling most of the artifacts. She also kept the lawns mowed, did some house-cleaning, gave tours to visitors, and applied many gallons of paint to the exterior of buildings.

Shown above is a picture of Marcia (at right) with some of those who joined her for a goodbye lunch on August 7.

Busy summer at NFHC

NFHC has seen considerable activity this summer, with a summer employee on duty until August 7. Marcia has done considerable work on labeling the many artifacts as well as improving the written records, hosting occasional tours, mowing the premises, and painting the exterior of our buildings. A number of NFHC members have served as supervisors throughout this period, checking to see that all was well or helping with the work being done.

Meanwhile, the Collections Committee has also been identifying some duplicate holdings, as instructed by the directors some time ago, and is working to eliminate some these. As a result  there are some items for sale at present, including small tools, a spinning wheel, cream separator, shoemakers’ tools, and bucksaws. Contact if you would like to have a look.

NFHC has already been the site of a wedding, as well as serving as background for family or business photoshoots. If you’d like to have a background that illustrates your farming roots, or if you just want something unique and different, contact us. The fee is modest.

Our next event will be Harvest Festival on Sunday, September 3. Included are the harvesting of oats using period equipment and horses, a big ox pull, and a hand mowing competition. More details will be posted in the next week or two. Stay tuned!

Below are some items you might acquire to bring some “olden days” to your decor:


Low attendance for horse pull

After cancelling due to rain the previous week, today’s horse pull began on a still-drizzly morning and a wet track. Another pull was happening at Conquerall Mills, and to top it all, one of the usual teamsters was getting married and therefore absent! However, some hardy folk did show up and the show proceeded as usual.

The photos show teams in the light class, as well as a couple of visitors.

If you’ve meant to visit NFHC but never quite made it, remember that we’re currently staffed five days a week from 9 to 5. You can let us know you’re coming at:  or just show up.

Yes, the horse pull is ON for July 8

The 2017 horse pull will go ahead this Saturday despite a somewhat iffy forecast at time of writing. Saturday morning, horses will be weighed from 9 a.m. on, with the pull beginning at noon. The Cookhouse will be open all day. Admission by freewill donation.

Please note that Northville Farm Heritage Centre is currently staffed Monday-Friday from 9 to 5. After August 11, you can get a tour by appointment. Please check the Contacts page on this website, or send an email to if your group would like a tour.


Horse Pull This Sunday!

The NFHC’s own horse pull will be held this Sunday, July 2, 2017.

9 a.m. weigh-off; Pull starts at noon

There will be three weight classes:

Light Horse Class

2,400 – 2,799 lbs.

Middle Horse Class

2,800 – 3,199 lbs.

Heavy Horse Class

3,200 lbs. and up

The Cookhouse will be open all day.

Diabetes Horse pull enjoys sunny skies

Besides its own horse pull, which this year will be held on July 2, NFHC also allows the use of its facilities to a horse pull which raises funds for the diabetic association. Shown here are a few photos of that event on June 25.

The weather dried up in time for this horse pull, offering a warm, sunny day. A good turnout of teams came to compete in all three weight classes.