Historic Programs & Teas


Second Sundays: Trails of Hope

A series of historical re-enactments depicting the struggles for freedom on the Underground Railroad.

  • Sunday, February 11
  • Sunday, March 11
  • Sunday, April 8 (special time – 2:00 p.m.)
    • Ohio Rebels: The Oberlin Uprising of 1858″
    • A rare antebellum instance of interracial cooperation in which Oberlin residents – both black and white – rise up to thwart Federal Marshals and slave catchers who have come to town to carry off one of its citizens and force him back into slavery. But there is a price to pay for flaunting Federal authority. Albert Gallatin Riddle brings this story to life.”
  • Sunday, May 13
  • Sunday, June 10

Second Sunday performances are at 1:30 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month, except for April 8 (2:00 p.m.)

Tickets are $5 per adult and senior citizen; $2 per child age 6 and over.
Reservations are not required.

Victorian Tea at Kelton House

Victorian-inspired teas include a tasteful sampling of traditional tea sandwiches & appetizers and sweets, followed by a short educational program.

Don’t be disappointed . . . make your reservations early.

  • Wednesday, February 14, 2018
  • Wednesday, March 14, 2018
  • Wednesday, April 11, 2018
  • Wednesday, May 9, 2018
  • Wednesday, June 13, 2018
  • Wednesday, July 11, 2018
  • Wednesday, August 8, 2018
  • Wednesday, September 12, 2018
  • Wednesday, October 10, 2018
  • Wednesday, December 5, 2018
  • Sunday, December 9, 2018
  • Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Teas are at 12:30 p.m.
$17 per person; $14 for Friends of the Kelton House.
Reservations are required.

Tea Reservation Policy

All tea reservations will be confirmed by telephone in the week prior to the tea. If your reservation is confirmed, you will be responsible for payment. Credit card information and phone number must accompany reservation. Credit cards will be processed one week prior to the event unless cancelled by that date. No cancellations will be accepted after credit card has been processed.

Call the Kelton House, (614) 464-2022, to get further information on upcoming teas.

Upcoming Programs

Nature’s Gift: Pearls

Sunday, March 4, 2018
2:00 p.m.

See pearls from the past and the women who wore them.

See today’s pearls with Eva Stein.

Bring your pearls for restringing or a new clasp.

Call the Kelton House, (614) 464-2022 or visit keltonhouse@cs.com for reservations; attendance limited to 30.

Let Us All Speak Our Minds

The Music of Women Seeking the Vote

Sunday, March 25, 2018
2:00 p.m.

During the 19th century, the movement for the rights of women grew along with other social concerns of the day. Women found the courage to “speak” out and make their voices heard. Music sung in gatherings and at meetings was a popular way to unify suffrage and other issues and played an important role in underscoring the ideals and goals of the movement.

The ladies of the Ohio Village Singers will present a delightful program of these songs and may even ask you to join in!

Call the Kelton House, (614) 464-2022 or visit keltonhouse@cs.com for reservations; attendance limited to 30.

Beyond the Golden Rule

A Children’s Etiquette Event for Boys & Girls Grades 3-5

Saturday, April 14, 2018
9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Join us for a fun-filled morning of socializing, table manners, and etiquette basics.

Snacks and prizes provided.

Call the Kelton House, (614) 464-2022 or register online at www.jlcolumbus.org/store.


Underground Railroad Programs

Not On My Watch: The Oberlin-Wellington Rescue of 1858, a production of the Underground Railroad Community Advisory Committee

“Not On My Watch: The Oberlin-Wellington Rescue of 1858” is a program created and performed by the members of the Kelton House Underground Railroad Community Advisory Committee that commemorates the dramatic events that occurred in Wellington and Oberlin, Ohio in 1858. The narrative centers on the capture of a runaway by bounty hunters and the action of local anti-slavery students and townspeople who freed the runaway from his jail and the subsequent trial that brought the country to the brink of war.

Carefully selected narratives from periodicals and historical scholars, specifically drawn from the book, The Town that Started the Civil War by Nat Brandt, form the basis of the program.

See a trailer for Not On My Watch: The Oberlin-Wellington Rescue of 1858:

Contact us to book this program.