Creator(s): Hillary House
Built in 1862, Hillary House is considered one of Canada's best examples of Gothic Revival architecture and was designated as a National Historic Site in 1973. The residence was home to four doctors throughout its history, two of whom were members of the Hillary family. The house contains a significant collection of medical instruments, books, papers, household furnishings, and equipment dating from the early nineteenth to the late twentieth century.
150 Artefacts for 150 Years: Celebrating Hillary House National Historic Site is a thematic exhibition put together by the Aurora Historical Society (AHS) that honours the 150 years since Hillary House's construction―from its medical associations to the lives of family members.
The artefacts and archival documents you will find featured in this exhibit were ones put on display for public viewing for the first time. They reveal the broader history captured in this historic site. These objects reflect what many of us may have in our own homes―precious heirlooms beside practical tools. Some of these items on display perhaps resonate with you: a book you read, a dress your grandmother wore, a sport you like to watch.