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.



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


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.


Cookery of the Great War
Sunday, October 5, 1:00 p.m.
Chef and Culinary Historian Angel Commins will demonstrate several WW1 era recipes that would have been served 100 years ago.
Cost: $15.00 + HST per person. To register please call 519.661.5169.


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.

The Great Eldon House Ghost Hunt
Sunday, October 26, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Does Eldon House have ghosts? Through storytelling and a special "ghost map," learn about the real ghost stories of Eldon House over the past 180 years, and maybe even see a ghost yourself! Fun for the whole family! Cost: $5.00 per person (incl. HST).


London Hangings
Sunday, October 19, 2:00 p.m.
Until an Order-in-Council was passed on January 1, 1870, requiring executions to be carried out in private, hangings were public affairs. Entire families, including young children, would attend with picnic baskets to witness the macabre spectacle. Join Eldon House board director John Lisowski for a lecture highlighting the stories of the first six individuals hanged in London.
Cost: by donation.


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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