An old wooden organ in the living room of the Ridge House museum

Ridgetown’s earliest settlers received a shock to their systems when they were met by its primitive forests and wild animals – much different than the conditions from which they came. The Talbot Road, which was under construction in the early 1800s, and the opportunity to own their own land were major factors in the decision to settle in the area.

An old wooden buffet with oil burning lamps on top at the Ridge House dining roomSettlement of Ridgetown started slowly with no significant progress until the Canada Southern Railway was built in 1872. By 1874, population had grown to 750 and the next year Ridgetown was incorporated as a village. In 1882, with a population of 2100 Ridgetown moved up to town status and elected its first mayor in H.D. Cunningham.

The Ridge House museum showcases a slice of life in the growing village of Ridgetown during the mid Victorian era. Take a tour through the 1875 home to see how George Mulholland and his family might have spent their days. The museum displays an assortment of items every modern day 1875 house wife needed to make a house a home.

The Ridge House Museum is open from the first day of Spring until the first day of Fall, daily 1 to 5 p.m. as well as December 1 to 23.