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.
March 6 – May 4, 2014
Explore the Waterhouse Residence transformed for spring and Easter celebrations. Flowers, cards, clothing, and other historical items will be on display to help visitors peek into the past to see how William, Sarah, Charles, and Stella Waterhouse would welcome springtime in Victorian Maitland.
May 22 – August 10, 2014
June 8, 11 AM – 2 PM: Civil War Picnic on the Waterhouse Lawn
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
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.