Point Ellice House and Gardens

Afternoon Tea at Victoria's most beautiful hidden gem!

Come visit the beautiful and historic Point Ellice House and Gardens for a tour of North America's largest collection of Victoriana, then stay for afternoon tea on the tennis lawn surrounded by heritage roses, arbutus trees, hollyhocks and more!

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Click here for photos and credits from our successful 150th Anniversary Heritage Festival, August 21, 2011

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Billy the Kid

Did you know... Billy the Kid got his start across the street from Point Ellice House? Billy the Kid was a farm hand for John Henry Tunstall, who boarded at John Herbert Turner's.

"Across from Turner's gracious home on Pleasant Street stood equally gracious Point Ellice House -the residence of gold commissioner and magistrate Peter O'Reilly, whose wife Caroline was the sister of Joseph Trutch, the new province's first lieutenant-governor. They often entertained the social elite.

The flamboyant O'Reilly brought British authority to Americans in the Kootenay gold camps with the announcement: "Now boys, there must be no shooting, for if there is shooting, there will surely be hanging."

The Turner residence where Tunstall boarded is gone, but the O'Reilly house still stands. It's now a historic site surrounded by the clatter and dust from industrial recycling yards, depots piled high with bulk landscaping materials and weedy vacant lots behind link steel fences. But the lush grounds provide an oasis of high Victoriana where visitors may still take cream tea as Tunstall surely did."

Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/news/connection+Billy/5077655/story.html#ixzz1RpHVohq6

This Season at Point Ellice House and Gardens

Welcome to the spring season at Point Ellice House. I almost put a question mark after spring. Our most common complaint of the year so far has been the weather.

Despite the drizzle, we’ve opened this year May 5th, and are open 11-4 Thursday through Monday; closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Tea is served from 11-2:30. We have hosted a Mother’s Day tea, international bus tours and large volunteer appreciation teas, which the rain clouds threatened but thankfully held off.

Our big news this year is that the Point Ellice House is One Hundred and Fifty years old and we’re celebrating all year long! It’s interesting that the City of Victoria is 150 years old next year, which means the House pre-dates the city!

There will be several celebrations throughout the summer, including the Heritage Fair Birthday Party, Sunday August 21 from 11am until 4pm. Please make sure to mark this date on your calendar and get ready to have some fun! We also hope to receive approval for some much-needed restoration  work to the House. It would be grand to include a ribbon-cutting at the V.I.P. (East) door, one it has been restored and revitalized in appropriate shades of paint.

Thank you for all your support to Point Ellice House, we look forward to seeing you again. If you have any comments or questions, please call us at 250-380-6506. 

All the best wishes,

Gail Simpson
Site Coordinator
Point Ellice House and Gardens

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