Saturday, June 21, 2008

Point Ellice House-Victoria






























The Point Ellice House has been occupied by the same family since the 1870's. All of the furnishings are exactly as they were in the 1800's. Usually when a house is restored, many of the furnishings are items that were ' of the era', not actually the family possessions. The house is very small by todays standards and it seems even smaller because it is stuffed with furnishings.

The O'Reilly's had three children two boys and a girl, Kathleen. Kathleen never married she spent her entire life at Point Ellice.

It's interesting...when the house was built it was surrounded by countryside...now it is a tiny oasis centered in industrial blight. Not nice land surroundings...the entrance from the water is lovely.

For a detailed tour click on the link and go to 'Point Ellice history' ...then click 'BC Heritage Virtual Tour'. You'll see the floor plan and additional photos.
Here's the link.

ps...we had a lovely tea in the garden...definitely delicious!

If you are interested Michael Weishan has written a lovely book about the family and the house. "From a Victoria Garden".

3 comments:

Anne said...

Point Ellice House is the setting of one of my daughter's favourite books (The Olden Days Locket), so it was a great treat for us to see photos of the real house. Thanks a bunch for posting these!!

Rosemary said...

These are really gorgeous. Id love to try to paint those poppies!

BaileyZimmerman said...

Rosemary,
Before I fell asleep last night I was thinking the same thing.
Those poppies are amazing, the photos don't do them justice. The centers are a deep purple and the orange was on fire!
I'd love to see your watercolor of them!!

Anne,
I'll look up the book, what fun!
I hope that you and your daughter have a chance to see the house in person!