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Macpherson House
& Park

Macpherson House is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 1:00pm – 4:00pm throughout July and August. We invite you to join us for a guided tour, program or special event. We post all upcoming events here.

Whether you are a history buff or just enjoy a day exploring something different, you’ll enjoy visiting the beautiful Macpherson House and grounds. It’s like stepping back in time to a bygone era.

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About Macpherson House

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Built circa 1826, the Macpherson House & Park stands proudly along the banks of the Napanee River at 180 Elizabeth Street in Napanee. 

For almost three decades, Allan Macpherson was one of Lennox and Addington’s most civic-minded and politically active entrepreneurs. 

Tour Macpherson’s gentry-inspired house, built north of Napanee Falls; it remained in the family until 1896, long after he’d returned to Kingston. In 1962, the Lennox and Addington Historical Society began a visionary labour of love to restore this home to its 19th century character.

True to its roots, the Macpherson House has been restored to its original splendour both inside and out. The Macpherson House now functions as additional gallery space for the Museum of Lennox and Addington and can be enjoyed in the summer for tours and special programs.

Upcoming Events

July
4

Carnival Countdown: Unleashing Summer

Macpherson House, 180 Elizabeth Street, Napanee ON K7R 1B5 10:30AM
Unleash summer all day long at Macpherson House July 4th. We built this Season’s kickoff event like an ice cream sundae. Start with all day house tours with master weaver Susi on the loom beginning at 1pm. Add an interactive Ollin drum circle. Top this sundae off with a little bit of everything: live music with Steve Tanner, vintage carnival...
July
9

Collecting Stamps with Kingston Stamp Club

Macpherson House, 180 Elizabeth Street, Napanee ON K7R 1B5 1:30PM
Join us for an interesting talk all about stamps with the Kingston Stamp Club! What are they? How do you start your own collection? What are the best stamps to collect? And so much more. Get inspired by the stamps you’ll see in order to draw a stamp of your own. Please bring your own seating. Time: 1:30pm Cost: $3 admission...
July
9

Evening Tea with a Twist, Tea Leaf Reading Workshop

Macpherson House, 180 Elizabeth Street, Napanee ON K7R 1B5 6:30PM
UPDATE: As of June 20th, registration is FULL and CLOSED. Please contact the Museum to be added to the waitlist. This interactive class on tasseomancy - or tea leaf reading - gives a brief history of tea leaf reading before diving into learning how to read your own tea leaves! Whether or not you have already been introduced to the...
July
10

Drop-In Friendship Bracelet Fun

Macpherson House, 180 Elizabeth Street, Napanee ON K7R 1B5 1:30PM
Friendship bracelets have been around probably for as long as friends have been around! But making one couldn't be simpler. Drop by the Macpherson House to learn how to make your own crafted and beaded bracelets or show your friends how much you appreciate them with a unique, beautiful bracelets made entirely by YOU! Friends and loved ones will feel...
July
11

Let’s Talk Rocks

Macpherson House, 180 Elizabeth Street, Napanee ON K7R 1B5 1:30PM
Rocks and minerals surround us, not just on the ground but in items we use every day. These natural treasures can be found almost everywhere and are easy and fun to collect. Children will be shown some collected specimens from Ontario and other places around the world and given instruction on how to go about assembling their own collection. Some...
July
16

Whatever Floats Your Boat

Macpherson House, 180 Elizabeth Street, Napanee, ON K7R 1B5 1:30PM
Participants will be introduced to the fields of civil and mechanical engineering and will use these skills with the engineering design process to design, build and test a boat that can float. Students will explore the concept of buoyancy and practice their problem solving and critical thinking skills to make improvements to their design throughout the process. Time: 1:30pm Cost:...
July
18

Chain Reaction Machine Challenge

Macpherson House, 180 Elizabeth Street, Napanee ON K7R 1B5 1:30PM
We have a museum mission for you, should you choose to accept it. Join your fellow Mac House engineers to complete a task by building a chain reaction machine together (also known as Rube Goldberg machine). You’ll be given 1 task (do you have to ring a bell; pull a table cloth off a table; who knows) and an assortment...
July
20

Doors Open Kingston & Area

97 Thomas Street East & 180 Elizabeth Street, Napanee ON 10:00 am
Walk through the doors and gates of Macpherson House and the Museum of Lennox & Addington for FREE on July 20th as we participate in Doors Open Kingston & Area! Macpherson House is a 1826 historic house interpreting the early history of colonial settlement in Lennox and Addington.  Immerse yourself in the splendor of this beautifully restored upper class family’s...
July
23

Ice Cream Portraits

Macpherson House, 180 Elizabeth Street, Napanee ON K7R 1B5 2:00PM
Escape the summer heat and indulge your artistic side at this guided paint workshop where families will paint their very own mouthwatering ice cream cones. Guided by the art instructor, participants will receive step-by-step instructions tailored to all skill levels where they will be mixing vibrant paints, experimenting with brushstrokes, and adding personal touches to their sweet creations. Create your...
July
23

Painting “Spirit Notes” with Theresa Brant

Macpherson House, 180 Elizabeth Street, Napanee, ON K7R 1B5 6:15PM
Join self-taught Mohawk Artist Theresa Brant as she guides you through creating your own version of her painting “Spirit Notes”. In Theresa’s words: "Spirit Notes" feathers are like music notes, each one carrying a unique message of love, support, and Remembrance. It reminds us that we are never truly alone. Time: 6:15PM Demographic: 13+ years of age Cost: $40/person Pre-registration is...
July
25

Drop-In String Painting

Macpherson House, 180 Elizabeth Street, Napanee ON K7R 1B5 1:30PM
Drop-in and see museum staff for this “Painted” week activity anytime between 1:30pm and 3:30pm. This fun craft will have both kids and adults eager to see the final product as they choose their colours and paint their string. With one big pull they’ll reveal their masterpiece with layers of colour and unique shapes. Note this is a messy craft...
July
30

The Irish Stories we tell (with Music!)

Macpherson House, 180 Elizabeth Street, Napanee, ON K7R 1B5 1:30PM
Gaeltacht an Oileáin Úir is back! This time they are joining us at Macpherson House for a summer excursion into Irish storytelling. With a little music added in for fun this will without a doubt, be an afternoon not to be missed! Come enjoy learning more about Ireland’s rich Gaelic folklore, customs, culture and language. Please bring your own seating....
August
1

Stories with Peggy Collins

Macpherson House, 180 Elizabeth Street, Napanee, ON K7R 1B5 1:30PM
In our workshop - following the books and some drawing together, we will have a “bring your stuffy tea party” with lemonade and imaginary cake, and will decorate a teapot picture - OR, come as a fairy and make a magic wand! You can even do both! A family (and stuffy friendly) event that will open the door to conversations about the...
August
6

Drop-In Flower Bookmarks

Macpherson House, 180 Elizabeth Street, Napanee, ON K7R 1B5 1:30PM
Drop-in anytime between 1:30pm and 3:30pm for this fun and easy flower craft. Using acrylic bases we’ll puzzle together an assortment of dried flowers and leaves before sealing them to create a fun textured effect, topped off with a coloured tassel. You’ll walk away with a unique flower power bookmark of your very own. Time: 1:30pm - 3:30pm Cost: $3 admission...
August
6

Summer Wreaths

Macpherson House, 180 Elizabeth Street, Napanee, ON K7R 1B5 6:15PM
Participants will be making an 8 inch wreath on a bamboo hoop with various dried flowers and plant material. Participants can expect to learn the technique of trimming and forming bunches for their wreath form and learning the technique of binding the bundles to the wreath in a specific pattern. This workshop is suitable for those with no experience and...
August
7

Garden Talk

Macpherson House, 180 Elizabeth Street, Napanee, ON K7R 1B5 1:30PM
Enjoy a leisurely and informative tour of the Ladies Flower Garden. We will talk about the purpose of the heritage garden. Learn about attributes and uses of the heritage perennial plants. This tour is presented by the Lennox and Addington Horticultural Society and Garden Club. The tour will lead by Brad King President. Time: 1:30pm Cost: $3 admission Everyone Welcome!...
August
8

All Things Lavender

Macpherson House, 180 Elizabeth Street, Napanee, ON K7R 1B5 1:30PM
Come and learn all about this interesting flower with Lavender Queen Lavender Farm. There will be an abundance of information about the 5 types of lavender grown on the farm, the history of creating this lavender farm, and how the farm makes its products including distilled lavender essential oil. Whether you’re curious about floral farming, or just want to enjoy...
August
13

Indigo Dyeing Demo

Macpherson House, 180 Elizabeth Street, Napanee, ON K7R 1B5 1:30PM
Come spend an afternoon exploring indigo dyeing. Indigo is an amazing natural dye, yielding many shades of blue. We will delve into its history and uses while mixing up an indigo vat and dyeing various fibres.  Please bring your own seating. Time: 1:30pm - 3:30pm Cost: $3 admission Everyone Welcome! No pre-registration required. Artist Bio: Beth owns Stone Spindle Farm in...
August
15

Crochet Phone Cozy

Macpherson House, 180 Elizabeth Street, Napanee, ON K7R 1B5 1:30PM
Have you ever wanted to try crocheting? Or needed guidance following a pattern to create and finish a project? Learn to crochet a fun phone case with a strap. You'll learn basic crochet techniques and have a useful item to take home with you! Plus, Susi will be weaving on the Macpherson House loom from 1pm-4pm. Time: 1:00pm, with crocheting...
August
17

2024 Discover L&A County MEGA Geocaching Event

97 Thomas Street East & 180 Elizabeth Street, Napanee ON 10:00 am
Geocaching is a big deal here in Lennox & Addington. This August, hundreds of geocachers from around the world will be here to participate in the 2024 Discover L&A County MEGA Geocaching Event.  On Saturday, August 17th (day 4 of the event) the Museum, as well as Macpherson House will be open to geocachers.   Plus, do not miss loom demonstrations...
August
20

Rob Driscoll Comedy Magic Show

Macpherson House, 180 Elizabeth Street, Napanee, ON K7R 1B5 2:00PM
Join us for a hilariously amazing afternoon that is fun for all ages. Be prepared to have your mind blown and your funny bone tickled. Please bring your own seating. Time: 2:00pm Cost: $3 admission Everyone Welcome! No pre-registration required. About Rob Driscoll: One of the most amazing and exciting magicians you will ever meet, Rob is renowned for his award-winning...
August
20
Head Over Heels

Head Over Heels

Macpherson House, 180 Elizabeth Street, Napanee, ON K7R 1B5 7:00PM
Kevin and Vanessa Head are Head Over Heels, an acoustic guitar/vocal duo from the Kingston, Ontario area. Veteran singer-songwriter-guitarist Kevin and his wife vocalist Vanessa, perform a diverse mix of Kevin’s original music and interpretive covers of Roots, Jazz, Classic Rock and Contemporary tunes. Their musicianship, harmonies and playful onstage rapport has endeared them to many audiences in Eastern Ontario....
August
22

Mindfulness-Meditation-Movement

Macpherson House, 180 Elizabeth Street, Napanee, ON K7R 1B5 2:30PM
Have you tried meditation and it didn’t work out? Curious about mindfulness? Come join Hang at Mindfulness-Movement-Meditation for an introduction to meditation, Qi Gong, and take away a short daily mindful somatic movement practice to maintain your mind, body and wellbeing. Please wear loose fitting clothing and sneakers. No special equipment required. All levels are welcome. No experience required –...
August
27

Drop-In Bird Feeder Rolls

Macpherson House, 180 Elizabeth Street, Napanee, ON K7R 1B5 1:30PM
Stop by Macpherson House between 1:30pm and 3:30pm to make a fun bird feeder roll to take home. Using peanut butter (or for anyone with allergies the alternative provided), a cardboard roll, and bird seed you’ll be ready to treat all your flying backyard friends. Time: 1:30pm - 3:30pm Cost: $3 admission Everyone Welcome! No pre-registration required.
August
29

Owl-tastic Crafting with Clay

Macpherson House, 180 Elizabeth Street, Napanee, ON K7R 1B5 1:30PM
Create your own magical owl out of foam clay. Owls are such beautiful birds, with there distinctive eyes and beautiful colours. This workshop will teach you how to make your own 3D owl out of foam clay. Using coloured foam clay and tools you will learn to sculpt and create your own owl. We will practice creating different textures and...

Restoration Project

MacPherson House before restoration, ca. 1960
MacPherson House after restoration, ca. 1967

By the 1950’s, Allan and Mary Macpherson’s house above the falls at Napanee had become greyed and weathered with age.

In 1962, the Lennox and Addington Historical Society under the leadership of Gerald Smith, President, and Helen Hutchison, Vice-President, undertook to raise funds to acquire and restore the house and reclaim the riverfront.  Architect Peter Stokes and associates who had worked on restoring and furnishing buildings at Upper Canada Village supervised the Macpherson House Project and worked hands-on with volunteers.

Understanding of built heritage preservation has continued to evolve since then, and some decisions made then, may not be decisions made now. The Macpherson House restoration was a visionary project for its time that galvanized the community, engaged countless volunteers, and left an enduring community legacy for the future. From the beginning, Peter Stokes and the Society wanted the House to be one of lights, laughter, and music. The house was opened as the Allan Macpherson House and Park on August 5, 1968.

To read more about the Restoration Project, you can view the pdf. here. 

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Plan my visit

HOURS OF OPERATION

Museum: Monday – Saturday: 10am–5pm
Macpherson House: Open for tours in the summer

DAILY RATES

Adults: $3
Children Under 12: Free

ANNUAL PASSES


$25.00*
*Does not include Macpherson House or special event programming.

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Museum hours

Monday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm

*closed on holiday weekend Saturdays and Mondays

Archives hours

Monday – Friday: 10am – 12pm* & 1 – 4pm

*closed from 12 –  1pm 

Macpherson House & Park hours

Tuesday – Thursday, 1 – 4pm in July & August

Holiday Hours 2024

June 29 – July 1: Closed (Canada Day Weekend)
July 4: Closed (only Macpherson House open)
July 5: 10am – 12pm (staff professional development)
August 3 – 5: Closed (Civic Holiday Weekend)
August 31 – September  2: Closed (Labour Day Weekend)

Museum and Archives daily rate

Adults (ages 13+): $3
Children (ages 12 and under): free

Museum & Archives location

97 Thomas St E, Napanee, ON K7R 4B9

Macpherson House & Park location

180 Elizabeth Street, Napanee, ON K7R 1B5

Labour Day Weekend Hours

Please note that the Museum & Archives will be closed from Saturday, September 2nd - Monday, September 4th for the Labour Day long weekend.

Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, September 5th.
Have a great long weekend!