The property was acquired by Dr. John Drinkwater in 1832 who came from England with his 3 children. The family kept journals of the early days of their new life in Canada and we are fortunate that we still have some in our possession. The first house to be built on the property was a log cabin. In 1850 the cabin burned and the new house designed by Sarah Drinkwaters father, Reverend George Hallen, was built in 1852 for $396.00 and was originally 6700 square feet. The stacked board construction of the house is unique and is architecturally significant. All of the wood used to build the house was harvested from the property and milled in the Drinkwater sawmill on the North River, which is just a five minute walk from the Northbrook Farm. Few houses of this type remain and Northbrook is larger than most of the houses built using this method.
In 2008 we purchased Northbrook and quickly began making improvements to the house and property. Maintaining the original features of the house was important but it also needed to function as a 21st century home. To that end new windows, foam insulation and geo thermal heating were added to improve its efficiency. When we hosted our first wedding for a friends daughter we realized that we had an opportunity to move into a new business venture and began making enquiries about building a wedding venue business on the property. After many discussions with the township, we received our zoning change approval in 2016. We moved quickly to acquire our own tent and have continually added to our venue to make it easy for couples to hold their ceremonies and reception all in one place.
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