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.
May 22 – August 10, 2014
Five generations of Waterhouses lived in the family home before it became a museum. Learn about the Waterhouse Residence Museum’s early inhabitants and their service to their country.
Image: Painting of the Battle of Gettysburg, courtesy National Park Service
A Waterhouse Christmas Carol (held in conjunction with “What the Dickens”)
Sponsored by Maitland Woman’s Club
November 28, 2014 – January 11, 2015
For the 2014 holiday season, the Art & History Museums-Maitland will be presenting an entirely new Christmas exhibition at the historic Waterhouse Residence Museum (built in 1884.). Drawing from the rich context of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” the house will be decorated to showcase Christmas traditions of the Past, Present, and Future, as seen from the view of the Waterhouse family, in each of the three main rooms. This exhibit will be presented as part of “What the Dickens,” a season celebrating the life, works, times, and issues of Charles Dickens, organized by Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs.
February 26 – April 26, 2015
Enjoy the Rites of Spring at the Waterhouse Residence Museum. Each spring, Florida’s Victorian-era families engaged in seasonal celebrations, spring cleaning, gardening, and decorating with cut flowers. Museum educators will take you on a special tour of the house, discussing the typical Easter menu in 1885, the origins of the Easter Bunny, and old-fashioned egg-dyeing (wrap the egg in calico fabric and boil in lye). Period house-cleaning items are on display, including a pair of wire rug beaters and an early Bissell carpet sweeper. Join us and learn something new about springtime traditions!
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.