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McCrae House, Guelph

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McCrae House, located in Guelph, Ontario, is the birthplace of John McCrae (b. 1872 – d. 1918), doctor, soldier and author of the famous First World War poem "In Flanders Fields". The house is a National Historic Site of Canada.HistoryThis small limestone cottage, built in 1858, was owned by the McCrae family from 1870 to 1873. Other families occupied the house until 1966, when a group of Guelph citizens purchased the building with the intention of preserving it as a museum. This group formed the Lt. Col. John McCrae Birthplace Society and began to raise money for its restoration.The federal government through the Historic Sites and Monuments Board designated both John McCrae as a person of national significance, and the house as a place of national significance. McCrae House is designated under the Ontario Heritage Act. The operation of the museum was transferred to the City of Guelph in 1983 and, along with Guelph Civic Museum, was merged under the name Guelph Museums. The Guelph Civic Museum (c. 1847) is also designated under the Ontario Heritage Act.The Colonel John McCrae Memorial, was opened on the 5th. October 1963, by his friend: Colonel Lawrence Moore Cosgrave.McCrae House contains both permanent and temporary exhibition space that interprets the life and times of John McCrae. Yearly themes are offered. Summer activities include Poppy Push, Canada Day, Teddy Bear Picnic, History Camp and special teas in the garden. The gardening volunteers have worked to create an award-winning garden reflecting the time period of the mid-to-late 19th century.
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  • With the renovations it is a nice quick visit. My grandfather enjoyed his visit. Took my son when he was young and was made to feel unwelcome, he was darting around to the different exhibits but there...  more »
  • It's great that this house is stored as a historical spot. You'll get a free admission along with your purchase of a ticket to the civic museum. I wish however that the exhibition was extended with so...  more »
  • This museum is a wonderful place to visit and especially to bring out of town guests to share the history of McRae House. My husband volunteers for the organization and is always pleased to chat with ...  more »
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  • Shir the girl who was at the McCrae house when we visited was very knowledgeable and advised us to also visit the Guelph Civic museum . However, unfortunately time didn't permit but will definitely go there at another time. Very interesting and learned some things we didn't know about John McCrae. Guelph is also a very interesting and picturesque Ontario town.
  • Surprisingly comprehensive museum for such a small building. The staff were very knowledgeable and friendly.
  • Brings history to life. Very knowledgeable staff
  • Used to attend the old school down the street and lived in the area. Also was born in the same city as McCray. Pretty cool
  • Sadly closed when we visited. But nice to see where he lived and the memorial in the garden is very well done

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