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 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
Tuesday through Sunday
Admission by Donation
481 Ridout Street, N., London, ON, N6A 2P6
519-661-5169

 


MUSICAL CONCERT SERIES

An 1812 Pub Night
Saturday, September 13, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Eldon House Interpretive Centre.
Songs, stories and dances commemorating the
people and events of this landmark time in our nation's history. Featuring Celtic Shift - Dave Nuttal (Irish whistle), Amy Lewis (violin), Stephen Holowitz (piano), guest vocalists and story tellers. This event will be licensed.

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.

Victoriana
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.

Cost:
$20.00 per person + HST per concert.
A "concert pass" is available for $70.00 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

TEA

Summer Tea Program
June 29 through August 31, Tuesday through Sunday, 2:00 to 4:00 pm

Tea, scones and jams with fruit and cream are served on the beautiful lawns of Eldon House, overlooking the Thames River. Reservations highly recommended, please call 519.661.5169. Cost: $10.00 adults, children $6.00 taxes included.

TOURS

Behind the Ropes Tour
Saturday September 13, 2014 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 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.

Period Furniture in Eldon House
Saturday, September 20, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
This tour focuses on period furniture, ranging from the early 17th century European to pioneer Canadian. Visitors will learn the history and evolution of furniture design and be able to view the period details on Eldon House treasures. Cost: $10.00 + HST per person. To register please call 519.661.5169.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Doors Open London
September 27 and 28, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Doors Open London is a unique two-day heritage event that opens up spaces throughout London, free of charge, for local residents and visitors. Special events planned.


SPEAKER SERIES

John Harris and the War of 1812
Sunday, September 14, 2:00 p.m.
Join Laurence Grant, Guest Curator of the four-part War of 1812 series at Eldon House to learn of the discoveries made in researching this interesting topic. This lecture coincides with the fourth and final exhibition opening and book launch of a commemorative publication on Grant's findings. Cost: by donation.


EXHIBITIONS

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.

John Harris' Life as Treasurer of the London District
September through November
Opening on Sunday, September 14, 1:00 p.m.

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.

 

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