Granville Ferry: Garden party September 7 celebrates 250 anniversary

Fall line-up at North Hills Museum also includes Salt Box Talks

Lawrence Powell
Published on August 22, 2014

North Hills Museum in Granville Ferry will be celebrating a major milestone in early September – and everyone is invited.

Sunday, Sept. 7 from 2 to 4 p.m. marks the beginning of the fall season at North Hills Museum with the 250th anniversary Garden Party. This special afternoon will feature live music, tea and special treats, and is free admission. Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister of Nova Sotia, Tony Ince, will be in attendance along with other special guests.

"The building of North Hills Museum was constructed in 1764 by Captain Benjamin Rumsey, and was for close to 200 years the homestead of the Amberman family,” said Caleb Fultz, Interpreter at North Hills. “Fifty years ago Mr. Robert Patterson, an antique dealer from Toronto, purchased the building as his retirement home, and to house his fine Georgian collection of furniture, porcelain, and paintings, that he donated to the province in 1974."  

Inspired by this special anniversary, the museum is having a series of presentations (Salt Box Talks) on every other Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., or from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. starting September 9 with 'Tapestries - Painting with Thread.' Guest lecturer Paul Paquette will present a captivating survey of the history of European tapestry.

Tapestries will be followed on September 23 with 'Great Collectors and Patrons of the Arts.' This presentation by site manager Wayne Smith examines great Canadian collectors and their contribution to our heritage, with emphasis on Robert Patterson and his collection at North Hills.

The lecture season ends on October 7 with Dr. Barry Moody, Professor Emeritas Acadia University, and his presentation on the 18th century arrival of the Planters and Loyalists in Granville Township, entitled 'The British are Coming.'

Each talk includes a power-point presentation, a guided tour of the collection where applicable, refreshments and baked treats. The cost of each lecture is $8 per person, registration required.

North Hills Museum is located at 5065 Granville Road, Granville Ferry. The museum is managed by the Annapolis Heritage Society on behalf of the Nova Scotia Museum. For more information, or to register for a Salt Box Talk, please email at or call 902-532-2168.  

North Hills Museum in Granville Ferry will be celebrating its 250th anniversary on September 7 with a garden party -- and everyone is invited.

©Lawrence Powell