Heritage House Museum
Heritage House Museum
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Brit C
Delta, British Columbia, Canada33 contributions
Oct 2020
We were time pressed (only 30 minutes) and wish we had a bit more time. It was very good. As advertised, we got to see the two-tiered privy.

I loved that the community donated all of the old items (not to mention the stories for some of the key items). They even let us try out the “old school” projector (Which they sanitized between us - much appreciated).

Our host was very knowledge.

I also picked up some nice cards from their little “gift shop”.

I recommend it.
Written October 8, 2020
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Pat L
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Jun 2022 • Couples
2nd time fir a visit but a first time doing the guided outdoor tour. It was great! Such a knowledgeable guide! Good job Aiden! Great staff welcoming us! Gorgeous gardens! Go on a nice day. Last about 45 to 60 minutes.
Written June 25, 2022
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ZandBMom
Smiths Falls, Canada83 contributions
Oct 2018 • Family
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!
Written December 11, 2018
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Mitch67
Renfrew, Canada62 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
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.
Written July 20, 2019
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James M
Smiths Falls, Canada9 contributions
Aug 2015 • Family
Waste of taxpayers dollars, it is an old house with old furniture, which in itself is not a problem. But the historic significense of the house has nothing to do with the furnishings, for the amount that it costs the tax payers to support offset by the number of visitors it is a complete waste of monies unfortunately.
Written September 1, 2015
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Danzur
Dundas, Ontario47 contributions
Aug 2015 • Friends
This unique house was nice to tour. My father couldn't do the stairs to see the whole house, so our tour guide brought a iPad for him to look at the photos of the rooms! The gift shop in the coach house (?) is filled with many reasonably priced (and locally made) items!

The tour guide even spent some of her break talking to us, recommending places to see and eat.
Written August 22, 2015
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Kaveh H
London, Canada1,581 contributions
Jul 2019
In the early 1850’s the lure of plenty of water power and the promise of railway development attracted Joshua Bates, founder of nearby Farmersville (now Athens), to a site beside the roaring waters of Old Sly’s Rapids on the Rideau Canal. Bates built two mills on property leased from the Crown and promoted the development of the Brockville and Ottawa Railway Company. After suffering considerable losses in his milling operations and investing heavily in the now-bankrupt railway company, he began construction of his large frame house in 1861.

Despite his optimism for the future, fate did not allow Joshua Bates to recoup his fortune or to enjoy his new home. He died in debt on January 1st, 1864. His home and mills were acquired by his business competitor Truman R. Ward, eldest son of Abel Russell Ward, a founding father of Smiths Falls. After many years of neglect, the Corporation of the Town of Smiths Falls purchased the once dignified country estate from the Gleeson family in 1977 for use as a community museum.

Today Heritage House Museum functions as a community museum and historic house, depicting the upper-middle-class life of the Bates Family circa 1865-1875 and featuring a permanent collection of Smiths Falls artifacts, traveling exhibits, and art shows. A visit offers unique mirror-image facades, an indoor brick bake oven, period rooms, exhibition galleries, and a famous two-story privy.

The grounds are located on the picturesque Rideau Canal waterway at Old Sly’s Lock Station and offer the perfect backdrop for an afternoon picnic, nature respite, or family gathering. Ask us about our great rates for group bookings, meetings, and weddings!

Family researchers should also note that the Lanark County Genealogical Resource Centre is located on-site. Library access is $5 per day or $20 per year and can be purchased at the Museum.
Written June 28, 2020
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Beaubaygirl
Winnipeg, Canada10 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
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.
Written July 16, 2019
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Ricmar60
Lansdale, PA1,081 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
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 at everything.
Written July 9, 2019
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unitedfarmers
Smiths Falls, Canada389 contributions
Jul 2018 • Family
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 and accommodating. Cool RCA storyboard, too! Worth a visit, if you are in Smiths Falls.
Written July 22, 2018
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Heritage House Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sun 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wed - Wed 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thu - Thu 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Fri - Fri 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sat - Sat 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM



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