Fernando Cortez Kelton, a merchant from Vermont, along with his wife, Sophia Langdon Stone Kelton, were devoted abolitionists who made their home into a stop for the Underground Railroad. Now managed by the Junior League of Columbus, this historical home has been restored to its looks and feel from the second half of the 19th century. 90% of the objects you find here - furnishings, art and personal items - were actual possessions of the Keltons. The decor is beautiful and Victorian. Outside the house, the garden had been restored to Victorian styles once common in Ohio - crabapple trees, rhododendrons and wildflower beds. On the Second Sunday of each month, historical scenes related to the UR are re-enacted. And on some Wednesdays there are tea parties.
Kelton House Museum And Garden Travel Tips
- Reserve group tours 6 weeks in advance.
- Check Museum shop for souvenirs.
- Parking at Junior League parking lot on Franklin Avenue.
- First floor is wheelchair accessible.
Entrance Ticket Details For Kelton House Museum And Garden
- USD 5 for 55+.
- USD 4 for students 18+.
- USD 3 for K-12.
- Check attraction website on details for seasonal and group led tours.
Kelton House Museum And Garden Hours
- Sunday: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (Docent led tour only)
- Last Self-guided Audio Tours begins at 3:00 pm.
- Second Sunday Program: 1:30 pm
- Wednesday Tea Parties: 12:30 pm
How to Reach Kelton House Museum And Garden
- Bus 11 stop Oak St & Lester Dr.
- Drive to here or take a taxi.
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22.91% of people who visit Columbus City include Kelton House Museum And Garden in their plan
12 PM - 1 PM
51.72% of people start their Kelton House Museum And Garden visit around 12 PM - 1 PM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Kelton House Museum And Garden
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Kelton House Museum And Garden
Kelton House Museum And Garden Reviews & Ratings
Tour guide was VERY knowledgeable. Many original pieces of furniture. Lovely house ( although dusty by today standards)
Such a rich history. Had a very abnormal experience in the dining room. I felt a sudden burst of tears and started bawling my eyes out during the tour. Not sure what happened but I felt fine as soon as I left the room. Beautiful gardens and wonderful staff. If your nearby it's worth the stop.
Beautiful home full of history and intrigue, great stop during our visit to Columbus. The staff was polite and helpful, and gave us a quick layout of the house, we chose the self-guided tour with audio guide. I highly recomend the audio guide for two reasons, without it, it is highly possible to breeze through the house because it isnt that large. And second, it gives a large amount of information about each room, and the artifacts inside.
It is absolutely beautiful. Everything in the house is original to the kelton family, me and my boyfriend went there to see some history and also ghost hunt a bit, this place is said to be haunted. And fortunately it's true! I actually captured a EVP ( electronic voice phenomenon) of a female telling me "go in" as I was looking into one of the rooms upstairs. It was a peaceful voice so don't worry, no mean spirits there. For only 6 dollars a person it's a great place to visit.
Gardens are great. Friends live next door