Built by Fernando Cortez Kelton, a prosperous wholesaler of dry goods and pharmaceuticals, the Kelton House incorporates elements of the Greek Revival and Italianate styles. The garden features hedges, statuary, diverse plant specimens, lattice work and mixed perennial borders that demonstrate a Victorian sensibility.
The simple beauty of the mansion’s façade, however, housed dangerous politics (for the time). The Keltons were active supporters of the abolitionist movement. They did all they could to assist ex-slaves, freed slaves and freeborn blacks and fugitives, including one young woman who was sheltered at the home for ten years.
Your visit to this historic building will immerse you in the Victorian experience through the eyes of the Kelton family whose continuous 120 year residence and original belongings left a discernible imprint.