February is Heritage Month in Burlington and, in celebration, the Museums of Burlington are hosting two free open houses this week!
The first place you’ll want to visit is Ireland House which opens its doors for free on Tuesday (Feb. 21). Joseph Ireland was one of Burlington’s earliest settlers and he and his descendants called Oakridge Farm home until 1985. Today, you’ll find the homestead restored as a ‘living time capsule’ representing the three generations of Irelands who lived in the house in the 1850s, 1890s and 1920s.
You can find Ireland House at 2168 Guelph Line.
The second heritage house/museum for you to explore opens for free on Wednesday (Feb. 22). Joseph Brant Museum is Burlington’s community museum. It’s housed in a replica of the original homestead of Joseph Brant, a famous Mohawk and British captain.
open house you and your family will learn all about Captain Brant’s fascinating story, participate in hands-on activities, enjoy light refreshments and, yes, mingle with historic interpreters. You can also discover what fashion was like in the Edwardian Era by browsing the museum’s current “In Pursuit of Pleasure” exhibit.
You’ll find Joseph Brant Museum tucked away between Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital and Spencer Smith Park at 1240 North Shore Blvd.
houses are between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Visit the Museums of Burlington site for more information or call (905) 332-9888.