Weekend events celebrate Northfield history

  • The birthplace of Northfield Mount Hermon School founder Dwight L. Moody houses a museum dedicated to Moody and his legacy. It will be open Saturday and Sunday during Northfield Days of History.

    The birthplace of Northfield Mount Hermon School founder Dwight L. Moody houses a museum dedicated to Moody and his legacy. It will be open Saturday and Sunday during Northfield Days of History.

  • The birthplace of Northfield Mount Hermon School founder Dwight L. Moody houses a museum dedicated to Moody and his legacy. It will be open Saturday and Sunday during Northfield Days of History.

NORTHFIELD — Take a tour through times gone by this weekend, at Northfield Days of History.

The two-day event will feature exhibits and items from East Northfield, as well as a glimpse into the normally closed D.L. Moody Birthplace Museum, open hours at the Northfield History Museum, tours to several significant sites, and a Sunday vespers service in the Moody tradition on Round Top, the evangelical preacher and Northfield Mount Hermon School founder’s final resting place.

The Northfield History Museum, on Pine Street, and Moody Birthplace, on Moody Street, will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, and 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Walking tours to the sites of the former Northfield Inn and Northfield Chateau will be led by Edwin Finch, local historian and former manager of the Inn. The Friends of Schell Bridge will lead tours to the east end of the Schell Memorial Bridge, and serve refreshments.

All tours will begin at the Northfield History Museum, where a tour schedule will be posted.

In addition to its usual artifacts, paintings, documents and other pieces of Northfield nostalgia, the history museum will showcase photos and files of East Northfield homes recently inventoried for historical records.

The neighborhood was developed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the same era when Moody founded the Northfield Seminary for Young Ladies and the Mount Hermon School for Boys, which would later combine. Moody’s following was the impetus for much of the area’s development, including Rustic Ridge, which served as home to many who attended Moody’s summer conferences.

Northfield Days of History will culminate in a traditional vespers service, at 7 p.m. Sunday on Round Top, just north of the Moody Birthplace.

Organized by D.L. Moody descendant David Powell and the Rustic Ridge Association, the service will be held in the Moody tradition.

Those who attend the service are advised to bring blankets to sit on, as the sloping ground is not conducive to lawn chairs. Those who need to use a chair, however, may bring one and find a level spot on which to set it.

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