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Address: 586 E.Town St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone Number: 614-464-2022
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Description: Experience urban life and the decorative arts, as they existed in the...
Experience urban life and the decorative arts, as they existed in the second half of the 19th century, through the collection of the Sophia and Fernando Cortez Kelton family.
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Nice little house with interesting decor

This is worth a stop if you are in downtown Columbus. The house is architecturally interesting and the docents are very knowledgeable. Especially interesting is the history of the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 7, 2015
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Centreville, Virginia
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Centreville, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

This is worth a stop if you are in downtown Columbus. The house is architecturally interesting and the docents are very knowledgeable. Especially interesting is the history of the family's involvement with the abolitionist movement. The basement has excellent information on the Underground Railroad. They decorate for the holidays with traditional Victorian decorations, which are also interesting.

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Elkins, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Much insight into late 19th century society can be gained through a tour of Kelton House. Wherever I visit, I make a point of touring historic house museums. So, what made this house museum interesting was that it was set up for a hot Columbus summer. Two of the bedrooms had netting hanging over the beds to keep the mosquitos... More 

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Maumee, Ohio, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

We visited the Kelton House for a wedding and the grounds were amazing. As you can see in the pictures the gardens are very nice and the perfect back drop for a wedding. We did not get a chance to visit the inside of the house. Also the parking is a little awkward to find.

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Zama, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The tour of the house is extremely interesting and informative. The audio tour gives a great deal of information regarding the Kelton family and the historical and social background of the time. We learned a great deal through this audio tour. This was the first time for us to go to an Underground Railroad museum, so it was a very... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

I am a history buff and loved this museum for the historical facts of the Underground Railroad. The docents are very helpful and I enjoy the costumes that were worn of the time period as well as the reenactments.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

I was really excited to check this place out. As an amateur 19th century history nerd, I was very impressed. The house as a wide variety of interesting art, and the architecture is wonderful. They had a lovely selection of hair work! The tour guide was dressed in period garb. It included a lot of history about Columbus, so I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We met at the Kelton house to record an interview, and I was blown away by how friendly the staff were in accommodating our needs. Afterwards they gave us an impromptu tour that was fascinating. An excellent peek into historical Columbus that is aided by the excellently maintained grounds.

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Sauk Rapids, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

We were in Columbus for New Years and love to tour historic houses. This one didn't disappoint. There was a lot of information and we learned new things. We dragged out 2 kids with (ages 10 and 13) and even they found it interesting. The staff were friendly and I would recommend a visit if you are in town.

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

I really enjoyed the tour here. the guide was very informative and interesting. he did a fantastic job and was dressed in Victorian clothing. in December they have it decorated for the time. The home has a lot of furniture pieces that are original to the Keltons. Much care has been given to the small details from setting the dining... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

We toured the house to get an idea of life as part of the Underground Railroad. It was interesting and we learned a lot but we would have preferred a tour guide to the handsets we carried. You only get a docent on special occasions and Sundays.

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