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.

Excellent day for Antique Tractor Pull & Show

May 27 turned into a great day at NFHC, with 35 tractors entered and a total of 89 hooks on the sled.The track turned out to be excellent with great traction which made for good competition. In the 6000 lb class there were 17 entries, and the king of the hill in the 14,000 lb. class was Mike Sanford with his Cockshutt  tractor.

Among those who drove some distance was Willy Versteeg of Milford, who had a good pull at 232′, 7″ in the 14,000 lb. class. One reporter notes that he had the loudest tractor, so that the flagman had to plug his ears. This tractor was previously used on big prairie fields. Included among the photos are the Foley family, with Bobby, little Brynn, and Robert on the tractor. Robert and Mike Sanford both had full pulls for the day. Dianna DeAdder, Esther Houghton, and Pat Reeves are shown selling tickets on a  quilt made by Ann Steadman. The last photo, taken the previous day in Kentville, shows the NFHC’s parade entry.

Organizer Jos Van Oostrum thanks all the volunteers who made this day possible.

All photos by Cora Anne Rogers.

Yes, the Antique Tractor Pull & Show is ON!

(Saturday evening, May 27:) Questions have been coming in as to whether the tractor pull will be held tomorrow, after considerable rain. The answer is YES, says organiser Jos Van Oostrum. Tarps had been placed on the track to keep it dry, the surface looks good, and the forecast is for a mix of cloud and sun. So… please join us!


























































Antique Tractor Pull on Apple Blossom Sunday

The Ninth Annual Antique Tractor Pull & Show will be held on Apple Blossom Sunday, May 28, 2017, beginning at 10 a.m.

The Cookhouse will be open, and there’s lots of free parking. Admission is $5, kids 12 and under free.

There will be trophies for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places.

Rain date would be Sunday, June 4.

Please contact Jos at 902-679-9455 if you have any questions.