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.

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Hours of Operation: 12:00-5:00pm
Saturday and  Sunday
Admission by Donation
481 Ridout Street, N., London, ON, N6A 2P6
519-661-5169
 


180 ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS

Victorian Secrets
Sunday, March 22, 2:00 p.m.

Sheila Johnson, Executive Director of Fanshawe Pioneer Village will present how undergarments changed the woman's shape throughout the Victorian age to achieve the strict dictates of the latest fashion. Compare past "unmentionables" and modern day "intimates" with displays from "My Top Drawer". Registration is required. To register please call 519-661-5169.
Cost: $10.00 (incl. HST)


19th Century Stargazing
Sunday, April 12, 8:00 p.m. (Yuri's Night)

See the stars through period and modern telescopes!
Spend an evening finding out how John Harris of Eldon House might have used a telescope as he helped to map the Great Lakes after the War of 1812. An opening presentation will make history come alive, led by actor and historian Mark Tovey. This will be followed by observing on the lawn through period and modern telescopes, with members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) and astronomers from the Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration at Western University (CPSX). Space music will lend atmosphere. Hot chocolate will be served. Space-themed attire is encouraged, and please dress warmly! Registration is required. To register please call 519-661-5169.
Cost: $15.00 (incl. HST) per person.


Vintage Baseball
Saturday, May 2, 2:00 p.m.

Take me out to the Ball Game! The London Tecumsehs vs. Northville Eclipse at Labatt Memorial Park in celebration of the closing of Eldon House 180th Anniversary Events. An exhibit of nineteenth-century sports equipment may be viewed at Eldon House prior to the game. Registration is required. To register please call 519-661-5169.
Cost: $5.00 (incl. HST) per person.


MUSICAL CONCERT SERIES

"Victoriana"
Sunday April 26,  2:30 p.m.

St. James Westminster Church, 115 Askin St.
In the heart of the "Old South" neighbourhood. Songs and poetry celebrating the life and times of this towering English monarch who influenced the Harris family. Featuring Paul Stevenson, Stephen Holowitz, guest soloists and chorus. Limited space available. Registration is required. To register please call 519-661-5169.
Cost: $20.00 + HST per person.

 


 

Eldon House Celebrates 180 years

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

 

 

Upcoming Events at Eldon House

VOLUNTEER SESSION

Volunteer Recruitment and Orientation
Saturday, April 11, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Eldon House is seeking volunteers for many new Committees from gardening to gift shop, collections to special events. If you are interested in volunteering with Eldon House, please join us in the Interpretive Centre for rotating roundtable discussions highlighting these new initiatives. For information please call 519-661-5169.


TOURS

Behind the Ropes Tours
Saturday February 21
10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
Explore rarely seen sections of Eldon House and its carriage house to discover an astonishing variety of curiosities that amaze and delight. Refreshments will be served following the tour. Cost: $20.00 per person (incl. HST). Registration required. To register please call 519-661-5169.

TEA PROGRAM

Downton Abbey Tea Party
Saturday, March 28, 2015, 1:30pm
Join us for a tea party in the Eldon House Interpretive Centre. There will be Downton Abbey trivia and prizes for best costume. Tour the museum and discover the many commonalities between Eldon House and the Crawley residence. Limited space available. Cost: $30.00 per person (incl. HST). Registration required. To register please call 519-661-5169.


CHILDREN'S PROGRAMMING

Easter Party

Sunday, March 29, 2015, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Children prepare for the Easter Bunny's arrival by playing games, making crafts and treats. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Groups of eight or more are requested to arrive at 3:00 p.m. Cost: $5.00 per person (incl. HST).


EXHIBITIONS


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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