About Kelton House Museum & Garden

A Step Back in TimeStanding for over 160 years at 586 E. Town Street, the Kelton House is the cornerstone of the Town Street Historic District. Built by Fernando Cortez Kelton, a prosperous wholesaler of dry goods and pharmaceuticals, the Kelton House incorporates elements of the Greek Revival and Italianate styles. The garden features hedges, statuary, diverse plant specimens, lattice work and mixed perennial borders that demonstrate a Victorian sensibility.The Museum collection, most original to the Kelton family, includes 19th century furniture, paintings, china, silver, crystal, books, music boxes and family photographs and documents.The simple beauty of the mansion’s façade, however, housed dangerous politics (for the time). The Keltons were active supporters of the abolitionist movement, and did all they could to assist ex-slaves, freed slaves and freeborn blacks and fugitives, including one young woman who was sheltered at the home for ten years.Costumed docents lead tours of the Kelton House on Sundays at 1, 2, and 3 pm or a self-guided audio tour, which includes a stop in the Underground Railroad Learning Station, is available Monday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm and Saturdays from 1 to 4 pm (last tour begins at 3 pm.). Group tours are available by appointment.

Features & Amenities

Free Parking Lot Museum Shop

Photo Gallery

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