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The Northville Historical Society, the non-profit volunteer organization that operates and finances the Village, has instituted this policy because of overuse and abuse of the Village in the past. This policy requires that professional photographers or videographers who wish to take photos or videos on the grounds of Mill Race Village complete and sign a contract, provide a copy of insurance naming both the City of Northville and the Northville Historical Society as additional insureds and pay a yearly fee of $500 or a one day fee of $125 for non-Northville Historical Society Members, or $100 for members. Complete applications are due at least one week in advance before the requested photography session can take place. Please make note of our limited office hours.
The Village will continue to be closed to the public during weddings held at Mill Race. In addition, professional photographers/videographers are not permitted to shoot on the Village grounds on Sundays, between 1:00pm - 4:00pm when the Village is open to the public, or during any other Historical Society special public event.
After signing the contract and paying the fee, you will be sent a MRV Photographers Badge that must be worn and displayed whenever you are on the grounds of the Village shooting photographs. You will also receive an electronic calendar listing all the weddings and events that close the Village for the current year. This is regularly updated. In addition, we will also give your contact information to parties renting the Village for weddings and we list your contact information on our website under "Permitted photographers".
IMPORTANT: Do not make any payments until you have been approved for a date and time by the office and have submitted a complete application, including the insurance piece. All complete applications must be submitted no later than one week prior to the requested date.