Built-in 1852 by Fernando Cortez and Sophia Stone Kelton, the House has been preserved with Kelton family Victorian treasures from the 1800s. Strong Abolitionists, the Kelton Home hid fugitive slaves as a stop on the Underground Railroad. In 1975, when Grace Kelton, the granddaughter of Fernando and Sophia, died, her will entrusted the property to the Columbus Foundation with the stipulation that her family home be preserved and used for educational purposes.
In 1976, the Junior League of Columbus took on the task of renovating and restoring the house and garden to create a museum of 19th-century life. Today, the Kelton House Museum and Garden is a community service program of the Junior League of Columbus that offers an ongoing program of house tours, special events, and educational opportunities. An active volunteer program provides a training ground for individuals interested in historic preservation, the decorative arts, American History, and museum management.
Kelton House Mission
The Kelton House Museum & Garden, located in the Town Street Historic District, interprets urban life and the decorative arts in Columbus, Ohio during the second half of the 19th century, largely through the collection of the Sophia and Fernando Cortez Kelton family.
Reflecting the culturally diverse nature of the past and the present, the Museum preserves and develops its facility and collection, interprets local history, educates the community, and trains volunteers. The Museum provides a tangible representation of the mission of the Junior League of Columbus, Inc.
Your Event at Kelton House
The historic Kelton House provides a unique setting that will make your event extraordinary. Weddings, receptions, parties or meetings will sparkle at the beautiful 19th-century Museum. Click here to learn more.
Monday–Friday 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
(See Visit for Tour hours.)
Conveniently-located free parking is available in the Museum lot on Franklin Avenue near the corner of Lester. Visitors authorized to park in Handicapped spaces may use the Kelton House driveway.
The first floor of the Kelton House, which includes the parlors, dining room, meeting room and restroom is wheelchair accessible. A video tour of the lower level and second floor is available.
Visit the Museum Shop and take a bit of Victoriana home with you. Please ask the staff for access.