Historic Programs & Teas


Second Sundays: Trails of Hope

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

  • Sunday, July 9, 2017
  • Sunday, August 13, 2017

Ohio Rebels: The Oberlin Uprising of 1858

A rare antebellum instance of interracial cooperation in which Ohio 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. Two participants – Albert Gallatin Riddle and Nettie Cronise Lutes – bring this story to life!

  • Sunday, September 10, 2017
  • Sunday, October 8, 2017
  • Sunday, November 12, 2017
  • Sunday, December10, 2017

Performances are at 1:30 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month.
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, June 14, 2017
  • Wednesday, July 12, 2017
  • Wednesday, August 9, 2017
  • Wednesday, September 13, 2017
  • Wednesday, October 11, 2017
  • Wednesday, December 6, 2017
  • Sunday, December 10, 2017
  • Wednesday, December 13, 2017
  • Wednesday, February 14, 2018
  • Wednesday, March 14, 2018
  • Wednesday, April 11, 2018
  • Wednesday, May 9, 2018
  • Wednesday, June 13, 2018

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

Tea Reservation Policy

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.

New Series:

Broken Promises & Deferred Dreams: Civil War to Civil Rights 1865-1900

Join us for one of these upcoming programs which will be both educational and entertaining.

Little Cities of Black Diamonds

Sunday, July 16, 2017
2:00 p.m.

Presented by Cheryl Blosser and John Winnenberg

The Little Cities of Black Diamonds region is made up of a series of small towns and rural townships in the rugged hills of southern Perry, northern Athens and eastern Hocking counties of Ohio who share a common story as it pertains to the significant and sudden growth of population and culture in the region during the period 1870-1920 due to the extraction of coal, oil, clay and iron ore. This presentation is their story.



The Grand Army of the Republic

Sunday, August 27, 2017
2:00 p.m.

Presented by Rebecca Urban

After the Civil War, over 1 million Union veterans mustered out and returned to civilian life. Within a short time, many of those men found themselves missing the camaraderie and brotherhood of camp in which they had spent the last few years. It was largely out of this desire to stay connected that organizations like the Grand Army of the Republic or G.A.R. were formed. Come learn about this powerful organization and its contributions to politics, patriotism, and Civil War memory.




The Courtship and Marriage of James & Lucretia Garfield

Sunday, September 17, 2017
2:00 p.m.

Presented by Debbie Weinkamer of “We Made History”

Lucretia Garfield, wife of the 20th U.S. President, James Garfield, will greet guests and share her experiences as first lady, particularly her courtship and marriage to the President.


Mary Ann Bickerdyke, Civil War ‘Mother’ to Many

Sunday, October 15, 2017
2:00 p.m.

Presented by Darlene Gage

Mary Ann Bickerdyke became know as ‘Mother’ Bickerdyke to thousands of Civil War soldiers. She helped build 300 hospitals during the Civil War and after the war, worked to get veterans and nurses a pension. She was friends with Grant and Sherman who praised her bravery. Her only concern during the four long years of the war was for the soldiers, her boys in blue.

Darlene Gage is a living history performer with fourteen years of experience in bringing history to life. Her website is: www.livinghistoryagain.com.


Reservations recommended for all educational programs. Please call (614) 464-2022 or contact us.

Underground Railroad Programs

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

Ohio Statehouse

Thursday, November 9, 2017
12:00 p.m. (noon)

Watch history unfold right before your eyes in a compelling performance of “Not On My Watch: The Oberlin-Wellington Rescue of 1858.” Costumed performers from the Kelton House Museum & Garden share this original dramatic narrative that tells the story of John Price, a fugitive living in Oberlin, who was captured by federal marshals intending to return him to slavery. The action of local anti-slavery townspeople and students eventually freed the young man, while the rescuers’ defiance of the law and their subsequent imprisonment and trial brought the country to the brink of war. The one-hour presentation is created from accounts drawn from Nat Brandt’s book, The Town that started the Civil War.”

Contact us to book this program.

“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: