The historic Kelton House Museum & Garden in Columbus, Ohio is offering Clevelanders a chance for a fun and educational day trip that can be enjoyed with family or friends at their Tour and Tea with Sophia events.
A Bit of History of Kelton House Built in 1852 in the Italianate style of architecture by Fernando and Sophia Kelton, Kelton House played a large role in Ohio’s Underground Railroad movement, serving as a stop for runaway slaves making their way to freedom in Canada. For years, Fernando and Sophia led a secret life as conductors on the Underground Railroad. Today, Kelton House is still filled with its original furnishings.
Tour and Tea with Sophia Visitors to Kelton House will begin their time-traveling journey back to the 19th century by presenting their “calling card” where they will then be greeted at the door by “Sophia Kelton” who will serve as a personal guide as guests tour her elegantly furnished Victorian home filled with Rococo Revival furniture, family portraits, samples of Sophia’s personal needlework and fans and other artifacts that give visitors a glimpse of 19th century Columbus life. Visitors may also be introduced to a runaway slave who will relate his/her story.
Sophia will then invite guests to an afternoon tea where they will be served finger sandwiches, trifle and of course, tea. Sophia will join guests for the festivities.
Hours for the Tour and Tea with Sophia are 1:30 p.m.- 3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday (November – April) and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. on Sunday. Reservations are required. Cost is $15 per person (ages 21 and up). Length of the event is 90 minutes – 2 hours.
The Kelton House Museum and Garden is located at 586 E. Town St. in Columbus. 614-464-2022. It is approximately a 2 hour drive from Cleveland to Columbus.