From the blog: O’Canadablog.com, we copied the following comments:
“With its fertile plain shielded from the Bay of Fundy by a low-lying but extensive mountain range, the Annapolis Valley has long been the farming center of Nova Scotia. Because of this, there are several places devoted to preserving and sharing that heritage. Although the Ross Farm Museum in New Ross, N.S., probably gets more attention (and about which I’ll post at another time), the Northville Farm Heritage Center in Cambridge, N.S., which we came across while on a meandering late Fall drive through the Valley, has a wonderful display of old farm tractors, machinery and other implements situated in an especially scenic area of the Valley. It’s worth making the effort to find!”
And it’s coming up fast, on February 22 (storm date on the 23rd). Where else can you get horse-drawn sleigh rides, a wiener & marshmallow roast, and demonstrations for only a freewill offering? Do join us, and let’s hope for good weather.
Members of the Northville Farm Heritage Centre returned their entire executive at the February 6 annual meeting, with George Foote as president, Hank van Hattem as vice-president, Pat Reeves as secretary, and Aart Veldhoven as treasurer. Of twelve directors, only one is new (see Contact page). Committee chairs remained mostly the same, revealing a solid group of working members that nevertheless could use some new blood. More members are always welcome, especially those who are willing to pitch in for NFHC events.
Councillor Pauline Raven represented the Municipality of Kings, and spoke briefly on possible funding for future building projects. At present the most urgent need is an expansion to the Cookhouse, with construction of a cooper shop also in the planning stage.
Coming up rapidly on the NFHC agenda is the Second Annual Winter Frolic, on February 22.
Northville Farm Heritage Centre had a successful year in 2013, with lots of activities and accomplishments.
• A new event was added in March with the First Annual Winter Frolic, well attended and much enjoyed by all who took advantage of the free horse-drawn sleigh rides provided by three different teamsters.
• The annual Apple Blossom Tractor Pull & Show became an official event of the Apple Blossom Festival, bringing more advertising and even better attendance than before.
• In May, a problematic water supply was solved by drilling a new well with new pump. Other maintenance-type issues included the purchase of a used lawn mower tractor and better lighting for the parking lot.
• Regular events included Planting Day, two horse pulls, Harvest Festival and Ox Pull, and the October tractor pull.
PLANS FOR 2014 will be made at the Annual General Meeting on February 6, 7:30 p.m. You are invited!
Events at Northville Farm Heritage Centre have concluded for this year. On December 5 we held our Christmas party with an estimated sixty people in attendance. It was fun to just socialize, munch goodies, and relax for an hour or two. With a fair amount of snow this month the Wednesday work days haven’t accomplished quite as much as usual, and the last card party was cancelled due to weather. Once the Christmas celebrations are over and everyone’s back to normal, the usual work will get underway again.
Above are a couple of photos supplied by one member, showing the Blacksmith shop while it was still being finished, and a load of logs at the sawmill ready to be sawn.
It may be the slow season at Northville Farm Heritage Centre, but activities continue. Monthly directors meetings are held the first Thursday of every month, and card parties take place every Wednesday evening. Behind the scenes, historical artifact conservator Kelly Bourassa is advising a few NFHC members on how to battle a powder post beetle infestation. This bug, almost invisible to the naked eye, delights in drilling numerous small holes in old wood, eventually destroying artifacts if they are not eradicated. NFHC members have been spraying for this beetle for three years now, using a non-toxic compound that will target them. Smaller artifacts are being frozen for three weeks at a time, as this also kills the beetles.
Coming up on December 5 is a brief directors meeting at 7 p.m., followed by the annual Christmas party.
Below are two shots of the card parties, and one of Kelly Bourassa checking for powder post beetle evidence.