Be awe struck

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.

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

Macpherson House & Park hours

Closed for the season – stay tuned for 2023 updates

Archives Hours

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

*closed from 12pm –  1pm 

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