A glimpse into An­napo­lis Val­ley farm­ing his­tory

Tri-County Vanguard - - BUCKET LIST - BY LAURA CHURCHILL DUKE KINGSCOUNTYNEWS.CA

If you want a great place to visit where peo­ple take pride in her­itage farm­ing meth­ods, then Northville Farm Her­itage Centre (NFHC) is the place to go.

NFHC was started in Billtown in 2001 and has grown into a won­der­ful place for peo­ple of all ages to ex­plore.

Vis­i­tors can see house­hold dis­plays in the main hall, tools, wood­work­ing and more house­hold dis­plays in the Bent­ley barn, trans­porta­tion dis­plays in the car­riage house, agri­cul­ture dis­plays in the Sawler build­ing and a work­ing wind­mill, sawmill, vin­tage out­door equip­ment, func­tion­ing black­smith shop, cooper­age, can­teen, and much more, es­pe­cially, en­thu­si­as­tic vol­un­teers, says board mem­ber Car­men Legge.

“We pride our­selves on be­ing in­ter­ac­tive,” says Legge. “You can touch the fab­ric, ring the bells, smell the smoke, crank the han­dle, and so on.”

There are spe­cial events through­out the sum­mer that can be found listed on the web­site at northville­farm.ca. On those days, there is much more ac­tiv­ity go­ing on.

“They do a great job at in­cor­po­rat­ing kids with a scav­enger hunt sheet of things to find through­out the farm and at some events they have things like face paint­ing, bal­loon an­i­mals and a fish pond,” says Martha Dill, an avid fan of the farm.

Don’t miss out on the food, either. With the cook­house on site, it is very easy to make a day of it and grab lunch while you are there, says Dill.

Over the sum­mer, NFHC is staffed five days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Vis­i­tors can let staff know you’re com­ing at info@northville­farm.ca or just show up and see what the vol­un­teers are work­ing on. En­trance is by freewill do­na­tion. You can also book pri­vate tours and school groups are al­ways wel­come. Dogs are also per­mit­ted on a leash.

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At Northville Farm Her­itage Centre, ev­ery­thing is done the tra­di­tional way – in­clud­ing plow­ing the fields.

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