Rediscover the Beauty of Victorian Florida
Bring your tour of Maitland history “home” with a visit to the Historic Waterhouse Residence Museum. Built in 1884 by pioneer settler and builder William H. Waterhouse as a home for his family. This house has been beautifully restored to reflect the way of life enjoyed by a middle class family during the late Victorian period. Enjoy a guided tour by a trained docent, where your first step into the foyer is a step into the past, when Florida heart of pine was turned by hand to form an Eastlake staircase; when visitors came “calling,” card in hand, and engaged in conversation seated upon furnishings stuffed with horsehair and wood-wool. You can almost hear the rustle of Mrs. Waterhouse’s starched skirts on the stair and smell the fragrance of orange blossoms from the groves in bloom in 1884.
Note: The Waterhouse Residence Museum is not a self-guided experience. Guided tours are available regularly throughout the day.
UPCOMING PROGRAMS & EXHIBITIONS
Holidays at the Waterhouse
Step in to Christmas past and explore Christmas traditions of the Victorian era with all of its décor and charm. See how Maitland’s early residents celebrated the holidays as the Waterhouse Residence Museum converted for this annual tradition.
Springtime at the Waterhouse
March 10 – May 15, 2016
See how the Waterhouse Residence Museum is transformed for Spring and Easter celebrations with flowers, cards, clothing and other historical items. Museum educators take you on a special tour of the house to share traditions of Florida’s Victorian-era families, including Spring cleaning, a typical Easter menu from 1885, tales from the origins of the Easter Bunny and old-fashioned egg dying.
Front Porch Stories
March 13, 2016
Join the Art & History Museums – Maitland’s Curator of History, Melissa Perez on the front porch of the Waterhouse Residence Museum from noon – 2:00 pm for Front Porch Stories. Come hear stories about Maitland’s first residents and share if your family was part of our city’s past.
Waterhouse Residence Museum
This historic house museum reflects the life of a middle class Victorian family during the early days of the city of Maitland. The home was originally built by Maitland resident and carpenter William Waterhouse in 1884. Visit and learn about the Waterhouse family and the early days of Maitland and Central Florida.
The Learning Garden
The Learning Garden is located next to the Waterhouse Residence Museum, this outdoor exhibit features plants popular in Victorian Florida. Bring friends and learn together the many uses of these plants during the Victorian era.