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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.
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In 2008 Chris and Laurie 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 they hosted their first wedding for a friends daughter, they realized that there was 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, Chris and Laurie received the zoning change approval in 2016. Quickly moving to acquire a 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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I got married at Northbrook a week ago, and I am still sitting here in “awe” at how incredibly amazing the venue and day was!!! Chris and Laurie the owners of this venue, I can not speak highly enough about them! All of our guests had such a lovely time and one they will talk about forever! Northbrook Farms and Weddings truly is a hidden gem!!!
Brittany & Matt
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