Mackenzie House is one of ten Heritage Sites operated and maintained by the City of Toronto. It's a great little museum that I visited by chance last Friday - and loved every minute of it.
Good thing that Mackenzie House is located in the heart of downtown, just two streets east of Eaton Centre, so I could go there instead. Located at 82 Bond Street, it blends in with the area quite well, but you wouldn't miss it.
|The exterior of Mackenzie House|
Mackenzie advocated for the creation of a constitution and an overthrow of the British rule, which culminated in the Upper Canada Rebellion in 1837 (that failed) and his escape and subsequent exile in the US. That didn't stop him from continuing his fight by capturing an island in the Niagara River and proclaiming it a republic (with a flag and everything) to continue attacking the British militia installed in Upper Canada (Ontario). Well done, guy.
|A bounty of 1000 pounds was offered for the fugitive rebellion leader and traitor William Lyon Mackenzie.|
Mackenzie House was a typical middle-class household. It had a spacious basement kitchen and dining room where the Mackenzie family ate and spent time together.
|The basement dining room.|
|One of the beds in the second bedroom.|
|Three Mackenzie daughters shared two beds, it seems.|
|The dining room/office.|
|A rented piano (Mackenzies were a middle-class family who couldn't afford to buy one).|
|This would be your shower facilities in the Victorian era.|
|Genuine (and fully functional) gas lamps.|
|Hopefully, the cow was claimed by its rightful owner.|
Admission to Mackenzie House is only $7, which includes a guided tour by knowledgeable and enthusiastic guides. They also host regular Victorian cooking workshops in the basement kitchen, haunted walks and cemetery tours in the city, as well as a variety of other unique events. Follow Mackenzie House on Twitter and give it a like on Facebook to stay tuned!