Welcome to Eldon House

Virtually unchanged since the last century, Eldon House is London's oldest residence and contains family heirlooms, furnishings and priceless treasures of the Harris family as well as a beautiful 19th-century style garden.

Built in 1834 for John and Amelia Harris, this historic home remained in the family until 1960 when it was donated to the City of London. Although surrounded by the city today, the house and its gardens are a place of beauty and tranquility.

When you are here be sure to also visit our new Eldon House & Gardens Gift Shop located in the Interpretive Centre. Eldon House marks it's 180th Anniversary through May 2014 - May 2014.  Help us celebrate by attending special events and programs that you can learn about under the "events" menu.

Tea time

Afternoon tea on the lawn of Eldon House.


Eldon House Celebrates 180 years

Watch for special events throughout 2014 and help us celebrate this exciting anniversary!



Upcoming Events at Eldon House


Sunday Afternoon Tours
April 27 at 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00pm
Enjoy a 50-minute guided tour of Eldon House with a costumed historical interpreter who will provide an in-depth history of the house and the Harris family who lived there. Admission by Donation.

Threads of Time
Saturday May 17, 10:00-11:30am

Generations of Harris women practiced the art of needlework, ornamenting the rich fabrics on display in their home. This tour focuses on the extensive textile collection at Eldon House, where visitors will learn the fashions of nineteenth century needlecraft. Cost: 10.00 + HST per person. Please Call 519.661.5169 to register.


Teacup Centerpiece Workshop
Sunday May 18, 2014, 1:00-3:00 pm, Interpretive Centre
oin instructor Sandy Daugharty to create a floral arrangement in an antique teacup. Using live blooms, participants will learn the art of miniature arrangements and the history of this Victorian pastime. Cost: $20.00 + HST per person, including all materials.Please Call 519.661.5169 to register.


Mother�s Day Tea
Sunday, May 11, seating at 1:30 and 3:00 pm
Cost: adults $10.00 + HST, children $5.00 + HST
Tea and treats will be served as you spend a delightful afternoon with your mother. By reservation only. Please Call 519.661.5169 to register.


London and the American Civil War
Sunday May 25, 2014, 2:00pm, Interpretive Centre
Join local historian and Eldon House board member Joe O�Neil to explore how the American Civil War effected London and its inhabitants. Drawing from period documents including the Harris Diaries, the lecture will illustrate an unseen and unspoken area of London�s history. Admission by donation.


After the War: Amelia Ryerse & John Harris Build a Life Together
Amelia Ryerse and John Harris first met in April of 1815, after the conclusion of the War of 1812. They married only two months later. This exhibit explores John Harris' new job as a member of the Great Lakes hydrographic survey and his and Amelia's life in Kingston and Port Ryerse with their growing family.





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