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The Allan Macpherson House & Park

Tuesday's and Thursday's, 10am-5pm
until September 1, 2016
Closed Holidays
180 Elizabeth Street, Napanee


Allan Macpherson, a half-cousin of Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada’s first Prime Minister, moved to Napanee in 1818 to operate the grist and saw mills at the falls. The flour produced at the Napanee Mills was a very fine quality, shipped to Montreal and England. In 1820, he secured the Postmaster’s appointment at Napanee and a few years later, built this gentry-inspired house north of the falls. For almost three decades, he was one of Lennox and Addington’s most civic minded and politically active entrepreneurs. In 1848, Allan Macpherson returned to Kingston, but the house remained in the family until 1896. In 1962, the Lennox and Addington Historical Society began a visionary labour of love to restore this home to its nineteenth century character.

From July 5th to September 1st the Macpherson House will be open for the 2016 summer season on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am to 5 pm. Many special programs and events will take place during the summer. For a full list of programming, please take a look below...


Admission: $3

Price of admission also grants visitors access the the Lennox & Addington County Museum & Archives, located at 97 Thomas Street East in Napanee.

NOW OPEN! Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10am-5pm
until September 1, 2016
Closed Holidays

2016 Summer Event Schedule


Demo Thursday: Heirloom Seeds with Cate Henderson

August 25th, 1 pm
Allan Macpherson House & Park
180 Elizabeth Street, Napanee

Join Cate Henderson on August 25th and learn a bit about heirloom seeds...

The Heirloom Seed Sanctuary defines the word “heirloom” as applied to plants as a variety that either has been, or is worthy of being, passed down through generations.  Heirloom tomato varieties are some of the most tasty and nutritious, but perishable tomatoes.  How do you save the seeds in order to grow them from year to year and pass them down through the generations?  Cate Henderson, of the Kingston Area Seed System Initiative (KASSI) will show you!


Music in the Garden featuring Lotus Wight

August 25th, 7 pm
Allan Macpherson House & Park
180 Elizabeth Street, Napanee

Admission: $3

On Thursday, August 25th at 7pm, you're invited to 'Music in the Garden' with musician Lotus Wight...

A great musical performance in a beautiful garden setting - the perfect combination. On Thursday, August 25th at 7pm, you're invited to 'Music in the Garden' at the Allan Macpherson House & Park in Napanee.

The evening’s entertainment features talented performer Lotus Wight. He plays the banjo and the contrabass harmoniphonium for an unforgettable sound that you won't want to miss. Over his playing career, Lotus Wight embraced the music over which he had obsessed since his childhood. The Carolinas, the Mississippi Valley, West Virginia, Kentucky, and New England fed him the sounds of tradition and helped to form his unique sound. 

Admission to ‘Music in the Garden’ is only $3 per person and are available at the door. Please call 613-354-3027 for more details. We'll see you in the garden!



Lennox & Addington County Museum & Archives

97 Thomas Street East, Napanee, ON K7R 4B9 [Map]
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The Lennox & Addington County Museum & Archives has completed a major renovation that greatly enhances the experience for visiting patrons. The expansion consists of a new addition featuring a large research room and archival storage, and enhanced display areas.

The Museum & Archives provides insights into everyday life from the late eighteenth through the twentieth century and focuses particularly on telling the story of Lennox and Addington County. The story of the settlement and historical development of the County is highlighted in themed exhibits, a modern reading room, genealogical research opportunities as well as regularly scheduled programming and special events about a wide variety of topics.

We invite you to come for a visit - you won't be disappointed. For more information, please visit



Demonstrator- Naneen Tyner

An interesting fact about the age-old craft of basket making is that, while many other crafts have become mechanized, no one has ever invented a machine that can make baskets.  They are still handmade, even in Taiwan.   Naneen Tyner has been weaving baskets for the past 22 years and now designs her own patterns. She says basket weaving kind of grows on you.  A few basic tools, creativity, and a little patience and you will have a work of art before you. 


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County of Lennox & Addington
97 Thomas Street East
Napanee, ON K7R 4B9
T: 613.354.4883
F: 613.354.3112