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September 20, 2018

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News & Events

P.A. Day Camp

Date: Friday September 28, 2018

Cost: $15 per child/per workshop

Fairy Gardens

Time: 9:30am to noon

Woodland Fairies and Elves


The wee folk are coming to Hutchison House Friday September 28, 2018 deom 9:30 to noon and 1 to 3pm. The Victorican era saw an increasein the interest in fairies and elves as settlers looked back to the folk tales of their ancestors. Fairies and elves were both good and bad, pranksters and helpful. They were the guardians of nature, woodland animals and gardens. They were helful if you respected them, but caused problems when you didn't. In these workshops children will creat their own fairies or elves and woodland villages from a variety of recycled and natural materials. Cost for each workshop is $15 per child. Pre-registration is required. Children bring their own peanut free snacks. Workshops are most suitable for children 6 years of age or older. Children choosing to do both sessions must bring their own lunch as well. For more information or to register your child contact the museum at 705-743-9710.

Mask Making for Kids

Date: Saturday, October 13, 2018

Time: 9:30 to noon

Cost: $15 per child

With Halloween fast approaching, get into the holiday spirit with this wonderful activity for kids. In this workshop children will create their own fun masks out of recycled materials. Cost for each workshop is $15 per child. Pre-registration is required. Children bring their own snacks. Workshops are most suitable for children 6 years of age or older. For more information or to register a child please contact the museum office at 705-743-9710.

Haunted Halloween for Kids

Date: Saturday, October 27 2018


Cost: $5 per person

The month of October would not be complete without the Halloween tradition. Look out for young ghostly ghouls and goblins on Saturday, October 27th from 1-3pm when Hutchison House Museum will host an afternoon of children's activities at the museum. Tradition is the order of the day with crafts, apple games, fortune telling, tricks and treats. Admission for the Haunted Halloween spooktacular event is $5 per person. Costumes are encouraged and an adult must accompany young children. While we do make the upper levels of the house a little spooky, it is not our intention to scare anyone. For more information contact the museum office.

Peach Tea

Date: Thursday August 16, 2018

Sittings: 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm

Price: Advance tickets $10 adults and $6 children 10-5; Door tickets $12 adults and $8 children 10-5. Children under 5 are free.

Hutchison House will host the 27th annual Peach Tea on Thursday, August 16th from noon to 4pm. Enjoy the feeling of an old time summer social, as you indulge in an afternoon of home-baked scones served with fresh peaches and whipped cream or ice cream, topped with blueberries. Tea, iced tea, or lemonade will adda refreshing compliment to this delightful summer repast.

Tickets for the Peach Tea may be purchased in advance at a reduced rate. Book ticketss in advance at a cost of $10 for adults/$6 for children (ages 10-5). Tickets will also be available at the door for the price of $12 for adults and $8 for children (10-5). Children under 5 are free. Sittings are at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. For more information or to make a resrvation please call the museum office at 705-743-9710.

Summer Workshops

Time: 9:30am-12:pm


Are you looking to beat the summertime boredom? Parents or grandparents looking to find an activity to occupy some of the children's time this summer? Look to Hutchison House for the answer. We offer a fun alternative to full time camp programs. We start on Wednesday mornings and by noon have completed something fun and exciting that your children will love to show off! Programs run from 9:30am-12pm. The cost is $15 per attendant and pre-registration is required. For Ages 6-12. Children are encouraged to bring their own snacks. For more information please check out our programs page here or call the museum office at 705-743-9710.


Scottish Tea

Dates: Tuesday July 3rd to Sunday September 2nd. Daily except Monday

Time: 1-4pm

Price: $10 for adults, $5 for children 6-10, children 5 and under free

Beginning Tuesday, July 3rd 2018 and continuing daily (except Monday) until Labor Day, Scottish Teas will be available from 1-4pm at Hutchison Huse Museum. Scottish Tea, served on the terrae in the period garden, includes fresh baked scones, preserves, whipped cream, oatcakes, and tea, lemonade or ice tea. Complimentary tours of the 1840s restored stone house are included with the teas. While reservations for small groups aren't neccessary, reservations are prefered for groups of more than four. Please contact the museum office to make a reservation or for more information.

40th Anniversary Open House

Date: Sunday May 27, 2018

Time: 1-3pm

We are inviting the community of Peterborough to our Open House on Sunday May 27, 2018 from 1-3pm celebrating 40 years in the community as a museum. The afternoon will include tours, hearth cooking, refreshments, photographs adn exhibits honoring our volunteers, as well as a short program taking place at 2pm. Please mark the date on your calendars and plan to come out to help us make this milestone a terrific and memorable success! For further information please contact the museum at 705-743-9710.

Rhubarb Spring Fling

Date: May 23, 2018

Sittings: 1 and 2 pm

Price: $7 in advance; $9 at the door.

Hutchison House Museum will host a Rhubarb Spring Fling on Wednesday May 23 from 1-3pm. Enjoy a taste of spring with a delicious rhubarb dessert, topped with a dollop of ice cream. Tea, iced tea, or lemonade will add a refreshing compliment to this delightful spring repast. Tickets for the Rhubarb Dessert may be purchased in advance at a reduced rate. Pay for tickets in advance at a cost of $7 or at the door for $9. Sittings are 1pm and 2pm. For more information or to make a reservation please contact the museum office.

Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea

Date: April 22, 2018

Time: 2-4pm

The volunteers of Hutchison House Museum are hosting a Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea on Sunday April 22nd, 2018 starting at 2:00pm. A light lunch of savories, sweets and tea will be served in the historic Keeping Room. Tours of the museum will be conducted by costumed interpreters. Guests are invited to wear their best or craziest hats! Tickets for the event are $25 each and pre-registration is required as seating is limited. For more information or to reserve your seat please contact the museum office at 705-743-9710.

March Break

Date: March 13-16, 2018

Time: 9:30am-noon or 1-3:30pm

Take a step back into the past this March Break at Hutchison House Museum. From Tuesday March 13 to Friday march 16 2018 come to the museum for Hands on Activities, pioneer games and lots of fun!

Programs run from 9:30am to noon or 1-3:30 pm and are suitable for children age 6-12. The cost is $15 per attendant and pre registration is required. Children are encouraged to bring their own peanut free snacks.

For more information

click here or to register phone 705-743-9710.

Heritage Luncheon

Dates: February 7, March 7, April 4, May 2, June 6, October 3, November 7, December 5

Sittings: 12pm and 1:30pm


Enjoy a homemade meal served by costumed interpreters in the historic Keeping Room at Hutchison House Museum. Lunch is $15 per person and includes coffee/tea, entree and dessert. Sittings are 12pm and 1:30pm. Menus are fixed and reservations must be made in advance. For more information please contact the museum office.


Date: January 1st, 2018

Time: 1-3:30pm

The Scots have been celebrating Hogmanay since the 16th century. Before the Reformation, the Scots celebrated a wide range of festivals from Christian, Norse and Celtic traditions. At the time of the Reformation, the Church of England cancelled all festivals except the most important feast days and by the mid-16th century, the observation of many of these had been almost entirely abolished. Christian feasts were seen to incorporate and sanctify pagan rituals. The Scottish Kirk forbade the celebration of Christmas, and in 1647 its observance was forbidden by an Act of Parliament. The result was that the Scots focussed on the celebration of the New Year - Hogmanay. By the 19th century, Christmas had been restored as a religious observance and Hogmanay continued as a time of merry-making.

Part of the preparation for the coming year involved putting one’s house in order. Debts were paid, the house was swept clean, clocks were wound, musical instruments were tuned, silver, brass and pewter were polished, clothes were mended, clean sheet were put on the beds, and anything borrowed was returned to its owner to ensure that all was in readiness when the new year arrived. Stray dogs were sent away, as they were thought to bring bad luck. Finally, the fire was piled high, the higher the flames, the greater the luck to come.

As with any festive occasion, Hogmanay includes the preparation of special food and beverages. At Hutchison House, on New Year’s Day, visitors will be treated to Scotch Black Bun, a rich mixture of currants, raisins, peel, spices and whisky, baked in a fine pastry dough, Clooty Dumpling or Duff, Scotch Eggs, Potted Salmon, cheeses, oatcakes, shortbread and Haggis. In the Highland tradition, the Hogmanay beverage, Atholl Brose, a heated mixture of honey and whisky topped with a dollop of whipped cream and toasted oats, will also be available.

Our first-footer will be “piped in” at precisely 1 p.m. January 1st with a rousing rendition of ‘Burns’ Address to a Haggis’ to follow shortly thereafter. Visitors will enjoy tours of the museum as well as samples of the taste of Scotland throughout the afternoon. Fiddle music, Highland dancing, and the skirl of the bagpipe and drum will round out the day. Plan to drop in to wish new friends and old neighbours the best for the coming year.

Help us ring in the new year at  Hutchison House with a  Hogmanay celebration from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on, January 1, 2018. Admission prices: adults $10.00; children $5.00; family rate $20.00 (2adults/2 children). This is a ‘drop-in’ affair. Space at the museum is limited and in order to accommodate visitors to this popular event and we would respectfully ask participants to keep the length of their visit as short as possible to avoid overcrowding. Atholl Brose sold separately. For more information call the museum at (705) 743-9710.



Date: Tuesday January 9, 2018

Sittings: 1PM & 2PM

Hutchison House Museum will host a Snofest event on Tuesday, January 9, 2018. Visitors will enjoy scrumptious 'sweet apple buckle' topped with whipped cream. The Fireside Tea & Dessert will be served by the crackling fire of the keeping room (1840s kitchen). Sweet apple buckle is a delicious old fashioned dessert that is similar to apple cobbler. Coffee and/or tea are included. Tours of the museum will also be available.

Tickets for the event are $5 per person and must be booked in advance. Dessert will be served at 1pm and 2pm. To place a reseration, or to obtain more information, please call the Hutchison House office at 705-743-9710.

New Interactive and Accessible Program

New to Hutchison House: In an effort to make every learning experience a valuable experience, we have included a new interactive program within the Museum! As an addition to our Virtual Museum Tour DVD, Museum Management and Curatorship students from Sir Sandford Fleming College have created a new chest full of artifacts that represent a great deal of the history presented in the museum for individuals who cannot access the upstairs levels of Hutchison House. This chest is accompanied by a book providing an introductory explanation to the history of Hutchison House, allowing an independent learning experience for those who wish this. There is also a short Braille version. This experience is great for visitors who cannot trek up the stairs of the museum, those who would rather sit and experience the artifacts first-hand, or those who are visually impaired. Come and join us for your next museum experience and enjoy the history of our museum hands-on!


Hutchison House on YouTube

In honour of our 175th Anniversary last year Graham Hart from CHEX TV created this clip which can be viewed on YouTube.

Flash Back 1988: Hutchison House Museum

This past spring in honour or Toursim Week in Peterborough, the film students at Crestwood High School created 2.5 minutes clips of various attractions around town. These promotional clips aired on local CHEX TV the first week of June, 2013 and can also be found here on YouTube.

Hutchison House Living Musuem, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.


Virtual Exhibit Growing Up in Peterborough: A Century of Stories

 When the City of Peterborough, Ontario celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2005, reminiscing about the way things used to be was an important part of the occasion. "Growing Up in Peterborough: A Century of Stories" is a collection of these reminiscences, memories of how the city came to be the city it is today.
   This Hutchison House Museum exhibit looks back at the lives of 11 citizens born, raised and still residing in Peterborough. Some left for one reason or another, such as war or school, but all returned to testify that there is no place in the world they would rather live.
This exhibit is available online and can be visited by clicking here.

Virtual Exhibit on the Life of Dr. Hutchison

In 2010 Hutchison House Museum received funding to create a virtual exhibit for the Community Memories section of the Virtual Museum of Canada. After a year of hard work by staff and volunteers the result was the creation of ‘The Life and Times of Dr. Hutchison in the backwoods of Upper Canada’. This exhibit is now online and can be found by going to this link:

The museum would like to thank Peterborough Museum and Archives, Trent University Archives, Royal Ontario Museum, Library and Archives Canada, Jean Cole, Ann Baker, Gale Fewings and Erin Panepinto for all your help in the creation of this exhibit.

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