Kelton House Museum and Garden, 586 East Town Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215, 614-464-2022; A Service of the Junior League of Columbus, Inc. Kelton House Museum and Garden collection: Antique Santa.Kelton House Museum and Garden collection: Antique printed Santa ornament with horse-hair body. Kelton House Museum and Garden collection: Antique printed Santa ornament with horse-hair body. Kelton House Museum and Garden: Dining Room with July 4th decorations. Kelton House Museum and Garden collection: Silver bell. Kelton House Museum and Garden: Exterior view of Kelton House, 586 East Town Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215, 614-464-2022.


Upcoming Programs & Tours at the Kelton House Museum & Garden

Kelton House Museum and Garden: Two docents are joined by two Civil War re-enactors in front of the Underground Railroad Historic Site marker facing East Town Street.
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he Junior League of Columbus maintains Kelton House for educational purposes
, including field trips for students. Authentically costumed docents guide guests through the home and recount stories of the many Kelton family members and the house’s history.

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tour of Kelton House, led by a docent in Victorian dress, opens a door to the Victorian way of life, genteel, orderly, and yet not so very distant. Savor what life was like in 19th-century Columbus, especially for the prominent family who lived here from 1852 to 1975. The Kelton House tour includes a discussion of the Keltons as abolitionists and their role in the Underground Railroad.


Guided tours for the public are given every Sunday from 1-4 p.m. Docent-led tours begin at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Audio tours are available any time from 1-4 p.m. Tours at other times may be arranged in advance by calling the Museum between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. If you are interested in preservation, education, or the excitement of being part of a living piece of Civil War-era history, call (614) 464-2022 to become a Friend of the Kelton House.



Visit Kelton House

Guided tours for the public are given every Sunday from 1-4 p.m. Docent-led tours begin at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Audio tours are available any time Sunday from 1-4 p.m. Self-guided audio tours are available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Group tours may be arranged in advance by calling the Museum between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Sunday Tour Hours - 1 to 4 p.m.
Docent-led tours begin at 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
Audio tours are available any time from 1-4 p.m.
Last audio tour begins no later than 2:45 p.m.

Monday-Friday Tour Hours - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday Tour Hours - 1 to 4 p.m.
Audio tours are available without reservations.
Last audio tour begins no later than 2:45 p.m.

Group tours can be arranged at other times by scheduling in advance.



Audio Tours of Kelton House

The self-guided audio tour features the voices of Museum Director Georgeanne Reuter and Educational Coordinator Mary Oellermann as they lead you through the six restored rooms museum rooms. You will learn about life in mid-19th-century central Ohio by seeing the extensive collection of original Kelton family furniture, decorative accessories, paintings, and drawings. The evidence of the lives of women is apparent. Hair jewelry, scrapbooks, hand-painted fans, and beautiful examples of needlework used through the years by the Kelton family.

The audio tour also features an extensive interpretation of the Underground Railroad in the Museum's "secret hiding place" performed by actors representing Salmon P. Chase and abolitionists of the period.

Audio tours are available Monday-Friday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
and on Sundays between 1 and 4 p.m.
Last audio tour begins no later than 2:45 p.m.




Kelton House Seasonal Tours & Events

True to Victorian custom, house decorations push the limits of gilding the lily during special holiday open houses. Every year the Kelton House is decked out in its holiday best. Table top trees, an abundance of hanging garland and specialty decorations are everywhere! Not only the sights and sounds, but the smells of freshly-made pomander balls and a spiced Christmas punch make a visit to the Kelton House a lasting memory and a holiday tradition.
December Docent-Led Tours - Fridays, 12 noon to 2 p.m.
December Docent-Led Tours - Sundays, 1, 2 & 3 p.m.



Tour Costs

Kelton House Tour cost: $6.00 per adult; $5.00 per senior citizen; $2.00 per child 6 - 18 years old;
Underground Railroad Learning Station Student Tour cost: $4 per student.
Underground Railroad Learning Station group tours are by reservation only.



Second Sundays at Kelton House: 2013-2014 Calendar

Trails of Hope
A series of historical re-enactments depicting the struggles for freedom on the Underground Railroad.

Sunday, July 14, 2013
Sunday, August 11, 2013
Sunday, September 8, 2013
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Sunday, November 10, 2013
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Sunday, January 12, 2014
Sunday, February 9, 2014
Sunday, March 9, 2014
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Sunday, May 11, 2014
Sunday, June 8, 2014

Performances are at 1:30 p.m. and at 2:30 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month.
Tickets are $6 per adult; $5 per senior citizen; $2 per child age 6 and over.
Reservations are not required.




2014 Programs at the Kelton House Museum & Garden

Sojourner Truth: Destiny's TravelerKelton House Museum and Garden:  Annette Jefferson presents a first-person portrayal of Sojourner Truth.
Annette Jefferson
Sunday, March 16, 2014
3:00 p.m.

Cost: $5/Person
Reservations recommended. Please call 614-464-2022 or email keltonhouse@cs.com for reservations.


Sojourner Truth was an ordinary woman, illiterate and untrained, who did extraordinary things. Several years after "walking away" to obtain her own freedom from slavery, she became a national spokesperson for the rights of women and African-Americans.

In this first-person portrayal, Truth shares her amazing life story through personal anecdotes, sons and stories, explaining how she overcame repeated challenges in service to herself, her family, and mankind in general.

Recollections from the Wellington Rescue
Underground Railroad Community Advisory Committee
Sunday, May 18, 2014
3:00 p.m.

Cost: $5/Person
Reservations recommended. Please call 614-464-2022 or email keltonhouse@cs.com for reservations.


"Recollections from the Wellington Rescue" is a program created and performed by the members of the Kelton House Underground Railroad Community Advisory Committee that commemorates the dramatic events that occured in Wellington and Oberlin, Ohio in 1858. The narrative centers on the capture of a runaway by bounty hunters and the action of local anti-slavery students and townspeople who freed the runaway from his jail.

Carefully selected narratives from periodicals and historical scholars, specifically drawn from the book, The Town that Started the Civil War by Nat Brandt, form the basis of the program.


2014 Civil War Sesquicentennial Programs at the Kelton House Museum & Garden

Kelton House Museum and Garden:  Mark Holbrook presents a first-person portrayal of Matthew  Brady.
Mr. Lincoln's Camera Man:
An Afternoon with Matthew Brady
Mark Holbrook
Sunday, June 1, 2014
2:00 p.m.

Cost: $5/Person
Reservations recommended. Please call 614-464-2022 or email keltonhouse@cs.com for reservations


Matthew Brady's photographs of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War have become icons of the early days of photography
.

Come hear the story from Matthew Brady himself as the world-renowned photographer and chronicler of the American Civil War and the presidency of Abraham Lincoln shares some of his photographs and stories behind them.



Victorian Tea at Kelton House: 2014 Calendar

Wednesday, March 12, 2014— St. Patrick's Day Tea
Wednesday, April 16, 2014— April Showers Tea
Wednesday, May 14, 2014— May Flowers Tea
Wednesday, June 18, 2014— Summer Social Tea
Wednesday, August 13, 2014— Summer Bounty Tea
Wednesday, October 8, 2014— English Tea
Wednesday, November 12, 2014— Harvest Tea
Wednesday, December 10, 2014— Christmas Tea
Sunday, December 14, 2014— Christmas Tea
Wednesday, December 17, 2014— Christmas Tea


Each Tea begins at 12:30 p.m. and concludes by 2:30 p.m.
Tickets are $17 per person; $14 for Friends of the Kelton House
Reservations are required.

Throughout the year, the Kelton House offers Victorian-inspired teas with a tasteful sampling of savories and sweets reminiscent of 19th century ladies’ get-togethers. The menu for each Tea is different, but is always accompanied by traditional Earl Grey tea.

Each Tea also includes a short educational program that usually reflects either the season or an object from the Kelton House Museum collection. Don’t be disappointed . . . make your reservations early.

Tea Reservation Policy
Credit card information and phone number must accompany reservation. Credit cards will be processed one week prior to the event unless cancelled by that date. No cancellations will be accepted after credit card has been processed.


Call Kelton House, 614-464-2022, to get further information on upcoming teas.

 



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