Victorian Festival – 2014

Victorian Festival Events @ Mill Race Historical Village

Sponsored by the Northville Historical Society


Friday, September 12th

9:00 – 12:00              Northville’s 3rd-grade classes will tour historic buildings.

Saturday, September 13th

1:00 – 4:00                Museum Buildings Open.

Mill Race Museum building will be open for self-guided tours.  Docents will be on site to answer questions and offer special insights.  As always, free of charge.

  • General Store will be open for shopping and browsing.
  • Interurban Waiting Station has a new interpretive display.
  • Blacksmith Shop comes alive with a smithy demonstration.
  • Hirsch Exhibit Hall features: “A Window on our Past”.  A retrospective of the past fifty years of the Northville Historical Society.
  • Wash-Oaks School will be in session.
  • New School Church, which served as the town’s library for 72 years.
  • Hunter House will be open.
  • Yerkes House and award-winning garden will be open.  The parlors and dining room have been redecorated.
  • Cottage House will have a weaving demonstration.

Sunday, September 14th

12:00 – 3:30              Museum Buildings Open

Mill Race Museum buildings will be open for self-guided tours.  Docents will be on site to answer questions and offer special insights.  See above descriptions for information.  As always, free of charge.

12:00 – 3:30              J. M. Mead General Store

Our General Store with its unique selection of items will be open for business.  Credit cards accepted.

12:00 – 3:30              A Delicious Menu Available

The Cady Inn once again will become a late 19th century boarding house as the Fred’s Ice Cream offers a menu of beverages, ice cream, snacks, and more!  Complimentary tea will be served.  You are invited to eat inside or enjoy a picnic along the Village Green.

 1:00 – 3:00                Children’s Games

Children’s Games of the Victorian Era will be demonstrated and organized outside the Wash-Oaks School. 

1:00 – 3:00                Tall Tales

Gifted storytellers will retell the legendary tales of Paul Bunyan and others inside the Wash-Oaks School.

12:00 – 3:30              Cake Walk

Strut your stuff to ragtime tunes and patriotic airs while you attempt to claim a delicious pastry in the New School Church

12:00 – 3:30              Used Book Sale

Friends of the Northville District Library will sell used books in the New School Church, which served as Northville’s library for 72 years.

12:00 – 3:30              Sweet Melodies

Sweet melodies from a bygone era will be heard from our Gazebo.   A talented ensemble of musicians will play hammered and Appalachian dulcimers.

2:00 – 3:30                Backbeat and Treble-Makers

Northville High School’s award winning men’s and women’s choral ensembles will perform Victorian Era favorites at various venues throughout the Village.

12:00 – 3:00              Duck Race Ticket Sales

Purchase a chance to win a prize with a fast swimming plastic duck.  Race will begin, following the traditional parade of participants, at 3:30, in the swift currents of the Rouge River, upstream from the Ford Field Bridge. 

Mill Race Event Ticket Sales at the General Store

Duck Race.  Rouge River by the Ford Field Bridge.  Sunday, September 15th.

Doll House Raffle.  Purchase a chance to win a beautiful, Victorian dollhouse.  Sunday, September 15th.

 “An Evening with Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt” at Genitti’s Dinner Theater on November 14th.


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