Glanmore National Historic Site

Glanmore National Historic Site

Glanmore National Historic Site
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Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • History Museums
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1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Friday
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
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Discover Belleville's Treasure: Glanmore National Historic Site. This grand Victorian mansion serves as both a historic house and community museum. It was built in 1883 for prominent Belleville Banker John Philpot Curran Phillips and his wife Harriet. Glanmore was designated a National Historic Site for its exceptional 2nd Empire style architecture. The historic house has had extensive restoration. The museum exhibits artifacts original to the historic house as well as fine art and decorative objects from the Couldery collection and artifacts that are significant to local history from the Regional collection. The museum is open-year round.
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GlobeTrotterNL1
Peterborough, Canada639 contributions
Family
We visited this museum recently and we were so thrilled with the experience. The curator was so friendly and knowledgeable, and really took the time to answer some questions we had about the house. The interior is absolutely stunning, so if you enjoy history or architecture, you will enjoy this. There are 6 “Flattie Hattie” figures hidden throughout the museum, so our kids quite enjoyed looking for her. I am hoping we can go back at Christmas to see it when it’s all decorated for the season! Thank to the staff at Glanmore for a wonderful visit! This was a highlight of the summer for me.
Written September 5, 2021
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Jeff B
Lambton Shores, Canada384 contributions
Couples
This is a beautiful old house with fascinating history. It is a self guided tour although the staff gave a very thorough history of the house before we started. It is beautifully preserved and gives a great glimpse into the way the house was in its day. This is well worth the stop.
Written August 31, 2020
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Wayne B
Brampton, Canada1,056 contributions
Couples
What an exquisite and beautiful historic residence. It has been preserved and maintained in an impeccable manner and there does not appear to be a missing detail anywhere. I am sure Glanmore surely must rate as one of the finest restorations anywhere. The furnishings, paintings, carpets and period pieces are all exceptional.

The staff are very welcoming and informative. They point out many areas of interest within the house that a casual observer may not observe and provide various anecdotes about early life at Glanmore.

There is extensive use of fine wood in many of the rooms, involving craftmanship and wood carving that is truly incredible. The ceilings are works of art with their sculpting, detailing and use of many colours.

Even the very large door hinges are made of two tone metals and are engraved. The roof is comprised of multi colour slate shakes.

It is near impossible to describe the majesty and beauty of the historic residence of one of Belleville's very prominent families of the day. It really has to be seen.

An equally outstanding job has been done in the basement area of the house where there is a separate museum displaying the artifacts and providing an insight into the lives of late 19th century pioneer life. The basement museum is very interesting and informative and one that you very well might enjoy.

The museum is easy to access and has a designated free parking area.

Make it a plan to stop in and see one of Canada's National Historic sites - it truly is a national treasure.

Wayne and Marilyn
Written October 18, 2015
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Ryan
Mississauga, Canada807 contributions
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Glanmore is a grand, three-storey house designed by local architect Thomas Hanley built between 1882 and 1883 for wealthy banker John Philpot Curran Phillips and his wife Harriet. It is an outstanding example of domestic Second Empire architecture. Notable features of the architectural style include the mansard roof with its elaborate cornices, the dormer windows, the built-in gutter system, and the multi-coloured slate. Phillips was born in London and moved to Belleville in 1860 where he was employed by the Bank of Montreal. He married Harriet Ann Dougall in 1863. The land on which Glanmore sits was inherited by Harriet in 1878 from the estate of George Bleecker, her grandfather. The origin of the name “Glanmore” is uncertain, but the house may be named after a region in Southern Ireland. Five generations of the Phillips family lived at Glanmore until 1971 when the house was sold to the City of Bellville and the County of Hastings. Included in the sale were some original furnishings now known as the Phillips-Barrows-Faulkner Collection. Areas of the house accessible to visitors include the main hall, the double drawing room, the dining room, the master bedroom, the studio, the library, the second bedroom, the games room, and the breakfast room. Note that Glanmore has been restored to the 1890’s. Interior highlights include hand-painted ceilings, antique furniture, and ornate woodwork. Admission is $25 for families (two adults and three children), $8.00 for adults, $6.50 for seniors, $6.50 for students, and 4.50 for children. Glanmore was designated a National Historic Site in 1969 and opened as a museum in 1973 featuring approximately 20,000 artifacts reflecting the history of the Belleville region. It is currently open Tuesday through Sunday year-round from 10:00 in the morning until 4:30 in the afternoon (1:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. September through May). Look for the grand house at 257 Bridge Street East in Belleville (corner of Bridge Street East and Dufferin Avenue). Budget about 90 minutes to fully appreciate everything the national treasure has to offer. Tours are self-guided, but there is an interpreter on site to help answer questions. Glanmore’s accessible entrance (vertical lift) is located on the west side of the building and provides access to the main level. There is a small, on-site gift shop (candies, toys, hand-made gifts, books, souvenirs, etc.) in the reception room. Washrooms at Glanmore are in the lower level of the building and can only be accessed using the stairs. Parking is free.
Written October 10, 2018
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Thank you for your thorough review! I am sure others will find the information you provided helpful. Please come again.
Written December 12, 2018
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Located twelve minutes from the 401, Glanmore is a true step back into Victorian-Edwardian times. It’s open year round and wonderfully air conditioned in the summer. There’s something for everyone to see and do, even for children. Background music lends an air of class and culture to this premier example of an 1880’s Second Empire style home. Original paintings are displayed throughout, including those by noted 19th century English artist, Horatio Couldery. Glanmore director Rona Rustige is to be commended for restoring this former wealthy banker’s mansion into the national historic site it is today. Persons from all over the world come to visit. An episode of Murdoch Mysteries was filmed here, as well as a music video by a Toronto-based singer. It can be toured in as little as an hour, but stay longer if you wish and picnic or read outside under a canopy of maples in a park-like setting. A small gift shop is available on-site and they take cash, debit and credit card. Equally as enchanting at Christmas are their evening gaslight tours. Cameras and picture taking are welcome, both inside and out. A program guide is also available in French. Formal attire isn’t necessary -- clothing can be summer casual e.g. shorts, skirts, dresses, jeans and runners. Note they’re closed on Mondays and major holidays. For additional information and hours throughout the year, call or visit http://glanmore.ca/ in the city of Belleville, Ontario, Canada
Written August 19, 2016
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Thanks for your review!
Written February 3, 2017
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France L
Canada36 contributions
Family
The residence built in the second empire style architecture for wealthy local banker Phillips and his wife is worth the visit. It is said that, from the time of its construction in 1883 until its sale in 1971 when the home was purchased to become a museum, it was owned by one family over three generations during which it remained uniquely unaltered. The numerous objects original to the house on display are a major point of interest.
Written September 1, 2014
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Cheryl A
Ottawa176 contributions
the self guided tour of this house is stunning, most of the furniture is authentic
The home has been restored to a beautiful piece of art!
Written August 3, 2018
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Thank you for your review. We are all so glad that you appreciate our restoration efforts. Please come again.
Written December 12, 2018
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beebfan
Oshawa, Canada1 contribution
Couples
After travelling to many historical house across Ontario, I have to say Glanmore is absolutely my favorite. As soon as you walk through the door you walk back in time. The home is restored to original condition from the roof to the carpets. The staff are very passionate and knowledgeable. A absolute thrill to visit :) Highly recommend it.
Written May 22, 2017
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Many thanks for your enthusiastic review! Our staff deeply care for and take pride in the preservation, restoration and presentation of this fine historic home. I'm glad this was evident to you. There is so much to take in at Glanmore, I do hope you will visit again!
Written May 24, 2017
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visionsnvoices
London, Ontario13 contributions
Couples
A must see for historians or those looking for a peek into "what was". Friendly face at the door, good price for the tour...something to look at in each corner of this magnificent home.
Written April 10, 2017
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Thanks for your positive review of Glanmore National Historic Site. I'm so glad you enjoyed the visit and appreciate our lovely and unique heritage building!
Written April 12, 2017
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nadineb67
Belleville, Canada14 contributions
Family
My family and I went last September and truly enjoyed the self guided tour. Lots of things to look at and read to keep us informed of the history. All of us cost only $20. The curator told us new original (replica) carpeting was coming from England. And more pieces arriving all the time. Can't wait to go back and see the new additions.
Written August 22, 2016
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