Monday, January 13, 2014

Northville Historical Society

Northville is a quaint, affluent city that was  incorporated in 1955, and is known for its Victorian era architecture.  It is 32 miles west of where I live.

In mid-November the program chairlady of the Northville Historical Society contacted me about presenting my J.L. Hudson program to their members and friends on May 3, 2014. My contract arrived in Friday's mail.  The vintage J.L. Hudson box and teacup [pictured below], are ready to go! 

The Northville Historical Society established Mill Race Village in 1972, where the presentation will be held. The village is built on 12.5 acres of land donated to the City of Northville by the Ford Motor Company.  It consists of an inn, blacksmith shop, school, church, gazebo, rustic wooden bridge, and several homes with architectural styles common to the area prior to 1900.  The village is a Michigan Historic Site.

[Photo courtesy of Northville Historical Society]

Before the Hudson presentation begins, there will be a tea at Cady Inn, believed to be an early coach stop. The saltbox style building was moved to the Village in 1987 from another city location.

[Photo Courtesy of Northville Historical Society]

The tea begins at 1:00 o'clock.  Tickets are $35 for non-members and $25 for members. Further information can be obtained by calling 248-348-1845.  

[Internet photo of their Christmas Tea]

Following the tea, the Hudson presentation will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the church.  The church was built in 1845 by a splinter group of the Presbyterian Church of Northville.  It served as a church for four years, and was then used as a school, a township hall, a Salvation Army barracks, and the Northville library for 70 years.  The historical society was formed in 1964 to save the building from demolition, and was moved to the village in 1972.

[Photo courtesy of the Northville Historical Society]

I think Mr. Hudson would be very pleased his beloved department store will be featured at a Mill Race Village event.


  1. I only wish I were close enough to see the village, attend the tea, and hear your talk.

  2. I would love to be in attendance for your presentation, and the tea before sounds like the perfect event for you to follow.
    Do you normally receive a contract? Over the years that I've given gardening presentations, it has always been a verbal agreement or confirmed by email.

  3. I so wish I had been able to attend! And is definitely needed to be accompanied by a tea...but then, what doesn't?

  4. What a wonderful event! I know you will present a very interesting program.

  5. I know you will do a terrific job, and I just wish I lived closer so I could be there!


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