The sturdy homestead was the site of one of the most important scientific breakthroughs in history. On July 26, 1874, Alexander Graham Bell sat in the dale here, in a spot he called his "dreaming place," pondering the quest for a "speaking telegraph." As he stared down at the Grand River, inspiration struck: Bell grasped the principle on which his most famous invention, the telephone, would work.
For over a century, the Bell Homestead has welcomed visitors from far and wide. As one of Ontario's oldest historic home museums, it has grown significantly in that time, with three restored historic buildings and an eclectic collection of original Bell family artifacts. Together, they tell the story of how a young teacher of the deaf came to invent the telephone.
Click to visit the Bell Homestead National Historic Site website to plan your trip.
Upcoming Events in 2019
Eliza Bell's Mother's Day Brunch
Sunday, May 12th, 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
May is Museum Month Open House
Saturday, May 18th, 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
24th Annual Barn Sale
Saturday, May 25th, 7:30 a.m. to Noon
Symphony Under the Stars
Thursday, August 24th, 7:00 p.m.
Thanksgiving Weekend Dinner
Saturday, October 12th, 5:00 p.m.
Halloween Fun Fair
Sunday, October 27th, Noon to 3:00 p.m.
Holiday Bake Sale & Tea
Saturday, November 16th, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Candlelight Christmas Celebration
Saturday, December 7th and 14th, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.