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Smiths Falls

Heritage House Museum

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Mirror-image Facades and a Two-storey Privy

Heritage House Community Museum (Heritage House) is the former residence of Joshua Bates, founder... read more

Reviewed August 26, 2019
Mississauga, Canada
Worth stopping in

Although no actual artifacts from the original home remains, the house is well decorated with... read more

Reviewed July 20, 2019
Renfrew, Canada
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11 Old Slys Rd | K7a 4t6, Smiths Falls, Ontario K7A 3M3, Canada
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Reviewed August 26, 2019

Heritage House Community Museum (Heritage House) is the former residence of Joshua Bates, founder of nearby Farmersville (now Athens). On land he leased from the crown, Bates built two mills (now gone) beside the roaring waters of Old Sly’s Rapids on the Rideau Canal. He...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed July 20, 2019

Although no actual artifacts from the original home remains, the house is well decorated with period pieces. Unlike many similar sell museums, you're allowed to sit on chairs and such. Makes for nice photos.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank MitchBRenfrew
Reviewed July 16, 2019

Staff members Aidan and Siena were especially welcoming and helpful to us even though we arrived when they were busy with a children's program. My husband enjoyed the museum and I spent a fruitful couple of hours in the genealogy library. Well worth a stop.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Beaubaygirl
Reviewed July 9, 2019

Not too far from Ottawa, this house is rather small, with about 8 rooms. Nicely furnished with period (not original) furniture. Nice staff. Particularly impressed with being able to walk through the house with no barricades, so that you can get a really close look...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Ricmar60
Reviewed December 11, 2018

My boys love coming to the Heritage House museum to roam the house, see how people used to live, and especially for their special exhibits! The recent Harry Potter exhibit had some neat trivia and vintage books. The Halloween fright nights are fun too!

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed July 22, 2018

This is a small museum, but it offers some interesting insights into Smiths Falls and its history. The museum may lack an overall theme, and could use some additional interpretation, but they present their artifacts well. Very reasonably priced, too, and the staff are friendly...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed June 23, 2018

This is a heritage home filled with antiques and period pieces with a fascinating history. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable. There was an additional exhibit (wedding dresses) that was an added delight.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed July 11, 2017

Very nicely presented period house featuring a history of Smiths Falls and its people. A really well furnished house in period furniture giving a natural feel and ambiance.

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank Eamonn D
Reviewed November 4, 2016

Nice little museum. Welcoming staff who gave us a tour and answered questions. It was interesting to learn about the architecture of the building but I didn't get a good sense of why this family and this particular house has been cornerstone to the town....More

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank K B
Reviewed September 20, 2016 via mobile

Great old house. Interesting architecture facts about the house. Well preserved and has the only 2 story privy left in Ontario. Had the option to do a self guided tour or guided. Very friendly staff

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank ShawnAnnelize
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