Ireland House at Oakridge Farm

Ireland House Museum

Ireland House Museum

Ireland House Museum

Ireland House Museum

Oakridge Interpretive Centre

Oakridge Interpretive Centre

Flo (Ireland) & William Seaman

Flo (Ireland) & William Seaman

Nelson Women's Institute (outside Ireland House)

Nelson Women's Institute (outside Ireland House)

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Historic Cooking Programs at Ireland House Museum

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Hours:
  • Tues. to Fri., 10am-4:30pm, Sunday,1pm-4:30pm. The last tour leaves at 4pm.
Fees:
  • Adults $5.00, Seniors/Students (12+ yrs) $4.50, Children 3-12 yrs $2.50, Children under 3 years FREE. Family (2 adults/seniors and up to 4 children, no substitutions) $15.00.
  • Partially Accessible
  • Gift Shop
  • Parking
  • Guided Tours
  • Wedding Services
  • Facilities Rental

Built between 1835-1837, Ireland House at Oakridge Farm was the home of Joseph Ireland, one of Burlington's earliest settlers. Emigrating from Bowes, Yorkshire, England in 1819 at the age of 27, he petitioned for land at Oakridge Farm and so began a legacy that continues today. Joseph and his descendants occupied Ireland House until 1985. In 1987, the City of Burlington purchased the property from the estate of Lucie Marie Ireland Bush and established a museum, restoring the homestead to illustrate three distinct time periods that represent the generations of Irelands who lived in the house: 1850s, 1890s and 1920s. Ninety percent of the furnishings are original to the Ireland family thanks to a generous donation by Helen Ireland Caldwell, Marie's first cousin. Restorations of the house have reclaimed missing elements of former times, bringing the Museum back to its feeling of a period home and farm.

The property consists of 4 acres of woodland, gardens, potting shed, cottage/drive shed, and picnic areas. Tours of the property, living historical demonstrations, special events and educational programs are offered.

Website: http://www.museumsofburlington.com/ireland-house

Type: Historic Building | Living History Site