Why we love Harley…
Harley is a proud community in Burford Township with a rich history all its own. From 1858 to 1893 Harley was home to the World’s Fair! The fair attracted tourist and locals, celebrating the township’s agriculture with animal showings, food and fun! The fair continues to this day, but since 1893 it’s been celebrated on the Burford Fairgrounds. The small community had it’s own school, Harley-Northfield where, in the past, children in the community would get their education. Now, students enroll in Burford District Elementary School, which was revamped in 2002.
Harley is the proud home of the Burford Township Historical Society. The museum is located in Harley in the former Burford Township town hall. The museum is staffed by volunteers from the community, and boasts a wonderful array of agricultural artifacts and historical photos. Most of the farm artifacts and pictures on display were donated by members of the community. The museum is working on creating an archive of their artifacts for history and genealogy buffs to enjoy. They also host events for the community including their Strawberry Social! At this event visitors and residents can enjoy local Ontario strawberries with ice cream and cake!
Fun fact: The old town hall was built in Harley circa 1877!