Kings County Agricultural Society records
The second oldest Agricultural Society in North America started here
Formed in 1789, the Kings County Agricultural Society was still active at the turn of the Twentieth Century.
The Society’s mission was for “the better improvement of Husbandry, encouragement of Manufactories, cultivation of social Virtue, acquirement of useful Knowledge and to promote the good Order and Well Being of the Community to which we belong.” Meetings were first held in Horton but by 1843, branches of the Society existed in Horton, Cornwallis, and Aylesford. In keeping with their mandate, the Society’s activities included appointing inspectors for beef cattle, testing new crops, experimenting in new fertilization methods, holding fairs, establishing Sunday school, building a library collection, and making social reform recommendations.
The Archival Records
These records document the activities of the Society. Minutes and related documents, dating between 1789 and 1907, include financial and membership information. An index of the Society's motions is included. The Minister of Agriculture's speech to the Society in 1939 is also included.
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