Milner Heritage House
In the 1860s, Robert Milner, a young English immigrant, came to the growing town of Chatham, Canada West. Here, he started a modest buggy and sleigh manufacturing business. By the 1890s, the Milner Carriage Works had grown to become one of the largest vehicle producers in southern Ontario and Robert had established himself as one of Chatham’s “Captains of Industry”.
Today, the restored Milner Heritage House depicts the turn-of-the-centry lifestyle of a successful industrialist and his family. Costumed interpreters take visitors back in time to 1905 when stereoscopes, gramophones, and magic lanterns were a family’s means of entertainment and a “modern” kitchen consisted of a wood stove, ice box, and a new, all-purpose “Chatham” cupboard.
The home also features a stunning collection of art by Emma Milner. Her greatest pieces are the incredibly detailed pencil portraits that she created of her family, friends, and famous personalities of the day.
Milner Heritage House is open Victoria Day weekend to Labour Day from 1pm – 5pm. Special Christmas hours. Admission by donation. Group tours and programs are available by appointment. Milner Heritage House is located across from Tecumseh Park, and across from the Chatham-Kent Museum which is located in The Cultural Centre.
For more information, log on to www.theculturalcentre.com
Address: 59 William Street North, Chatham, ON
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