Mill Race basket weavers meet monthly in Northville's quaint historical Mill Race Village. The history of Northville, Michigan is preserved at the Mill Race. Established in 1972 by the Northville Historical Society, the Village serves as a focal point for the community while preserving architectural styles common to the area prior to 1900. The Village consists of a church, gazebo, school, rustic wooden bridge, blacksmith shop, Interurban Station, and several homes of an era gone by.
The basket weavers meet at the Cady Inn. The salt-box style building is believed to have been a tavern and early stage coach stop. Local legend says the building served as a stopping point for the underground railroad prior to the Civil War.
The creed of the basket weavers is to preserve the ancient art of basketry, while incorporating traditional techniques. The Mill Race Basket Guild is not designed to make baskets for profit, although the guild participates in a few juried events sponsored by the Historical Society throughout the year. I have been a member since 1987. From time to time the Guild will have a well known guest come to teach a workshop. Most months we take turns with the 'program' and being hostess. There is a short formal meeting each month. Prospective members are required to be juried into the Guild as experience is mandatory. The Mill Race Basket Guild has changed over the years but its Bylaws are respected, as is the ancient art of basket weaving.
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