Harvest home picnic

You may be curious about the image atop each of our web pages–it is an early postcard of a Harvest Home picnic.

On the 31st of July 1876 a Harvest Home picnic was held in Haines Woods. There may have been earlier ones, but local Methodist Church records for Tabernacle listed in “Indian Mills Charge Methodist Episcopal Church 1876-1922,” begins in that year. It appears that a Harvest Home was held just about every year during this time frame and they probably continued for several more years after that. The 1876 picnic netted $22.00 for the church while the one in 1922 showed a profit of $303.28.

The location of this annual event was in Haines Woods. Today this is at the intersection of Carranza and Hawkin Roads. A modern house now sits on this site. While it is not clear when the Harvest Home picnics ended, it is certain that today’s annual Chicken Barbacue of the Historical Society is a continuation of this long standing tradition. Enjoy the older pictures below which appeared on postcards of that era.

1984 Chicken Barbecue at Patty Bowker Sports Complex

Here are some newspaper mentions of the Harvest Home. They date back as far as 1882.

1882

1882 Harvest Home – from the Home Semi-Weekly -19 January 1882

1899

1889 Harvest Home – from the Mt Holly News – 15 Aug 1899

1906

1906 Harvest Home – from the Mt Holly News – 28 August 1906

1907

1907 Harvest Home – from the Mt Holly News – 20 August 1907

1909

1909 Harvest Home – from the Mt Holly News – 10 August 1909

1911

1911 Harvest Home – from the Mt Holly News – 22 August 1911

1912

1912 Harvest Home – from the Mt Holly News – 3 September 1912

1913

1913 Harvest Home – from the Mt Holly News – 19 August 1913

1915

1915 Harvest Home – from the Mt Holly News – 24 August 1915

1916

1916 Harvest Home – from the Mt Holly News – 29 August 1916

1918

1918 Harvest Home – from the Mt Holly News – 27 August 1918

1921

1921 Harvest Home – from the Courier Post – 22 August 1921

1928

1928 Harvest Home – from the Courier Post – 6 August 1928

1931

1931 Harvest Home – from the Courier Post – 29 July 1931

1932

1932 Harvest Home – from the Courier Post – 10 August 1932

1933

1933 Harvest Home – from the Courier Post – 28 August 1933

1941

1941 Harvest Home – from the Courier Post – 22 August 1941

1948

1948 Harvest Home – from the News Chronicle – 26 February 1948