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Kelton House Museum & Garden

586 E.Town St., Columbus, OH 43215
614-464-2022
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Ranked #28 of 77 Attractions in Columbus
Type: Historic Sites, Gardens, Museums
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Owner description: 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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English first
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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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3 reviews 3 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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South Dakota
2 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

This is a great place to visit if you are into American history. I like the fact that the tour was self-guided so we could go at our own, leisurely pace. The audio provided a thorough background on the Kelton family and also described the Victorian-era decor and daily life. The staff were extremely helpful and knowledgeable. I also want... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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118 reviews 118 reviews
53 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

I enjoyed walking around the Kelton House. It was a beautiful house. I learned a lot about the Kelton family and the part they played in the Underground Railroad. I even learned more about slavery in this country. I was amazed. It started raining during our visit so I can't comment on the beauty of the gardens. But from what... More

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Raleigh, NC
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73 reviews 73 reviews
19 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

I stumbled upon this old Victorian house after visiting the art museum and looking for the topiary gardens. The audio self guided tour was well done and informative. The underground railway area and display in the basement was too. The gardens were lovely. If in the area and you have interest in history this place is worth a visit.

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Columbus, Ohio, United States
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

I like that they share a horrible time in history but a goodness that some people had back then to save one another at any cost.

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Columbus, Ohio
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79 reviews 79 reviews
31 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

We were married at the KH - it has lovely gardens and a very pretty area for receptions - be forewarned, however, of the constantine wire outside and the space is small

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Columbus, Ohio
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32 reviews 32 reviews
17 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

After my friend and I visited Kelton House Museum to learn about its historic significance, she booked her wedding there. I really appreciated knowing how helpful the Kelton House was to runaway slaves on their journey to freedom on the Underground Railroad.

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