Welcome to Eldon House

Virtually unchanged since the nineteenth 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 2015.  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.



Hours of Operation: 12:00-5:00pm
Tuesday through Sunday
Admission by Donation
481 Ridout Street, N., London, ON, N6A 2P6



Christmas in the Trenches c. 1914
Sunday, November 23, 2:30 p.m.

Eldon House Interpretive Centre.
Songs and readings reflecting on the keeping of Christmas during the opening months of the Great War. Featuring vocalists Paul Grambo and Donna Creighton, Stephen Holowitz (piano).

Music and the Harris Family
Sunday, February 8, 2015, 2:30 p.m.

Eldon House Interpretive Centre.
Songs and readings capturing the spirit of London Ontario during the mid-19th century with special presentations of music discovered in Eldon House archives. Featuring Stephen Holowitz and friends.

Sunday, April 26, 2015, 2:30 p.m.

St. James Westminster Church, 115 Askin St.
In the heart of the "Old South" neighborhood. Songs and poetry celebrating the life and times of this towering English monarch who influenced the Harris family. Featuring Paul Stevenson (trumpet), Stephen Holowitz (piano), guest soloists and chorus.

$20.00 per person + HST per concert.
A "concert pass" is available for $50.00 per person + HST.
To register please call: 519-661-5169


Eldon House Celebrates 180 years

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



Upcoming Events at Eldon House


London and the American Civil War
Sunday November 9, 2:00 p.m.
Join local historian and Eldon House board member Joe O�Neil to explore how the American Civil War affected 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.
Cost: by donation.


Behind the Ropes Tour
Saturday November 8, 10:00am-12:00pm
Explore rarely seen sections of Eldon House and its carriage house to discover an astonishing variety of curiosities that will amaze and delight. Participants will be guided through �nooks and crannies� including attics and cellars by an expert Historical Interpreter. Refreshments will be served after the tour. Cost: $20.00 + HST per person. To register please call 519.661.5169.

If Walls Could Talk
Saturday, November 22, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

On this guided tour of Eldon House, visitors are treated to a glimpse into the Harris family�s home through their own diary quotations. Historical Interpreters tell the story of the happenings in individual rooms, bringing Eldon House to life once more. Cost: $10.00 per person (incl. HST). Registration required. To register please call 519.661.5169.


Christmas Wreath Workshop
Sunday November 30, 2014, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Interpretive Centre
Join instructor Sandy Daugharty to create a Christmas wreath with living evergreen boughs. Learn the importance of greenery to the Victorian in this season as well as the techniques to create your own decorations.
Cost: $20.00 + HST per person, including all materials. To register please call 519.661.5169.


John Harris' Life as Treasurer of the London District
September through November
The War of 1812, which officially ended in 1815, brought John Harris and Amelia Ryerse together. In 1821, John became Treasurer of the London District and in 1834 moved into Eldon House.

Christmas Past

Traditions of Christmas past are brought to life with seasonal Harris family heirlooms accompanied by quotes from the diaries of the Harris women.

The World in Miniature
January through April 2015

When the Harris family traveled around the world in 1897, they collected hundreds of cultural treasures. This exhibition displays several miniscule and elaborate pieces, often unseen by the public and will illustrate the Victorian partiality for curios.


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