June 6, 2014
Kelton House Museum and Garden
The Kelton House Museum and Garden is located in Old Town East. Parking for the museum can be found on Franklin Avenue.
Visitors to the Kelton House will be taught about local history that focuses on the period from 1850 to 1900. On Sundays, costumed docents lead tours. During the tour, visitors can see period furnishings, furniture, artwork, hobbies of the time, books and games from the period. Some notable items on display include a lithograph of the Lincoln funeral procession at the Ohio Statehouse, Civil War period letters, family portraits, a fancy music box in the parlor and a metal bath tub in the upstairs bedroom.
Lots of care was taken to use items in the home that would have been able to be purchased at the time the home was built. A faux grain and marbler did work in the dining room and the wallpaper replicates one found in the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York.
The home was also a stop on the Underground Railroad and some of the members who stayed in the house's ancestors reside in Bexley. A display showing information about the Underground Railroad and other stops in the area can be found in the basement area of the home. An actor often recreates the story for young visitors during special programs.
The Junior League, which cares for the home, is holding a fundraiser on June 28. The event will be a casual party with food from Gallo's Kitchen and Bar, live music and a silent auction. All proceeds benefit educational programs and events at the museum.
People can become members of the Kelton House beginning with an annual $35 donation. A second-floor gift shop also sells Victorian-themed items, books on local history and other items. Memberships and the gift shop help support the museum's continued renovation and upkeep.
The Kelton House is also looking for volunteers. Docent training takes place in the fall and spring.
The home was bequeathed by its last resident, Grace Kelton, upon her death in 1975 and the house was restored in 1976-79.
The house hosts many parties, events and weddings. It has a formal outdoor garden and pergola in the rear of the house.
The Kelton House and Museum, located at 586 E. Town St., has free parking it shares with the Junior League in a brick-walled lot off of Franklin Avenue. It is open daily except for holidays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. The last tour begins at 3 p.m. and admission is $1.50 per person.