Fun historic outings

It was a busy summer, but luckily I was still able to fit in some great local history outings here in London, Ontario.

Tea on the lawn at Eldon House is always a treat. The season is now over but I managed to pop in just before it ended and enjoyed a shady spot on the lawn under the magnolia tree. I usually try to attend once a year for their outdoor tea program because the scones are lovely and the tea is delicious. This year featured homemade iced tea which was very refreshing. Strawberry and raspberry jam went perfectly with all. I wish I could have gone more often šŸ˜¦

If you haven’t visited for a tour or for tea, be sure to put it on next summer’s bucket list! Should you prefer an autumn outing, Eldon House has great programs on during the fall as well. Visit them for a tour, a workshop, or as part of the Doors Open London weekend later this month.

Summer Tea Program
July 3 to September 2
Tuesday through Sunday
2:00 to 4:00 pm
Cost: $7 for tea, $10 for tea and house tour

Other historic event highlights

June 9 – Historic Woodfield neighborhood had its annual street fair. Each year they shut down the street and have horse and carriage tours, music, Victorian games and more.

June 14 – Red Antiquities building had its open house. What a great milestone after all the hard work, fund-raising and renovations. I didn’t get to attend but the place looks fantastic!

July 4 – Great Gatsby Gala at the Elsie Perrin Williams estate. This event always looks like such a blast and the estate is a fun place to explore. Check out the photos!

Just having a root beer with an officer!

Fun at Fanshawe Pioneer Village

Earlier this summer I also ventured out to Fanshawe Pioneer Village.

The village always has something going on, especially during holiday weekends. You can visit with the historical interpreters, explore the buildings or shop in the old hardware store.

Here are some highlights from my visit, but don’t take my word for it, they’ve got all kinds of great events lined up for this fall right up to December!

Lace-work by historical interpreters

The Orange Lodge

Jason Rip as the phrenologist with his subject!

The London Free Press building exhibit

Douglas Teeter explains early printing tools

Paul Peel’s childhood home

Getting all cranked up about history!


About Misstoricalfiction

Historian, researcher and writer specializing in historical fiction with a supernatural twist. By day marketing specialist in the insurance industry.

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