Erland Lee (Museum) Home
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James & Hannah (Corman) Lee came to Upper Canada following the American Revolutionary War and settled on Concession 4 Lots 20 & 21 in Saltfleet Township (present-day Stoney Creek) in 1792. When James died in a construction accident, Hannah moved in with their son John and his family; she was the first of six generation of Lees to live at Edgemont Farm. John and his wife Mary (Moore) Lee built a log cabin home on Mary's family land at Concession 4 Lot 17 in 1808. Through six generations, the Lee's added to and renovated their family home, resulting in the stunning example of Carpenter Gothic Revival architecture it is today.
You can learn more about the architecture of the home through our self-guided architecture tour brochures, located in the Blue Box by the National Historic Site plaque or just inside the Gift Shop entrance.
On February 12, 1897, Erland Lee (great-grandson of James & Hannah Lee) and his wife, Janet (Chisholm) Lee, invited Adelaide Hunter Hoodless to speak at a Lady’s Night meeting of the South Wentworth Farmer’s Institute at Squires Hall in Stoney Creek. Encouraged by her speech and determined to bring her message to more women, they invited her back one week later on February 19, 1897. Erland & Janet travelled around town in their cutter sleigh, hand delivering invitations to Hoodless' second speaking engagement to every woman they knew. Based on Hoodless' suggestion, a group of women, and a few politically involved husbands, came together after the meeting to put their inspiration into action. Janet Lee penned the constitution for their new organization - the Women's Institute. The first official meeting of the Women's Institute was held in Squires Hall on February 25, 1897. Christina (Armstrong) Smith, wife of E.D. Smith, served as the first president of the WI.
Learn more about the Women's Institute on our site's home page and see what exciting things FWIO is doing for their 125th anniversary in 2022.
In 1972, the Federated Women's Institutes of Ontario (FWIO) opened the Erland Lee (Museum) Home to the public after purchasing it directly from the Lee family. The Museum will celebrate it's 50th anniversary in 2022.
The home and its grounds are preserved as a memorial to the birthplace of the Women's Institutes (WI) and feature the rural, upper-middle-class Victorian lifestyle of the Lee family. The FWIO and a team of dedicated volunteers worked tirelessly to restore the exterior and the 1873 addition to their 1897 beauty, with the 1860 addition serving as living space for the Museum's live-in hostess & her family until the mid-1990's. Now, the FWIO operates its provincial office out of this 1860 southern addition.
The white board-and-batten home contains artifacts and furniture dating from the 1790s through 1930s. Many of the artifacts are original to the six generations of the Lee family who lived in the home between 1808 and 1971. These artifacts and archives help tell the story of the Lee family, the Women's Institute, and the community of Stoney Creek.
One of the three original Lee building on the once 100-acre fruit & dairy farm is the 1930 chicken coop. This building has housed chickens and even a farm labourer, and now serves as garden storage. The chicken coop was carefully renovated in 2017 thanks to the generous donation of Hollie & Marlene Archer.
The 1873 Carriage House, once called the Drive Shed, is the third & final of the three original buildings on the property. It features displays on farming, Stoney Creek history, assorted artifacts donated from the community, and other special exhibits. The Carriage House also displays a rotating selection of the museum's stunning quilt collection, with a mix of traditional and modern patterns and techniques, many quilted by members of the Women's Institutes for various milestones and fundraisers.
Check out what the Lee is up to for our 50th Anniversary in 2022 on our Events & Workshops page, visit our special online Exhibits, and follow our Facebook and Instagram for the latest on all our events, workshops, and activities.
Upcoming: Lee Museum 50th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday June 25th 2022
Stay tuned for details on our 50th birthday party, happening outdoors at the Lee Museum this June! Digital content will be available soon on our website, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.
Stop by the Lee all winter long to pick up a free activity package!
Activities include: colouring pages, outdoor scavenger hunt bingo cards, beaded candy-cane ornament crafts, and button tree ornament crafts.
All activities can be found in the Blue Box by the Gift Shop entrance. All activities are free of charge but donations are appreciated and help us continue to provide free and affordable programming for our community. See our "Support" page for information on how you can donate.
Community Yard Sale
Saturday October 2, 2021
Thank you to everyone that came out to support us and the local community groups and artisans at our first annual Community Yard Sale! With your support, the event was a great success and we look forward to welcoming even more vendors and visitors next year. See you next October for our second annual Community Yard Sale!
Sunday September 12, 2021
Thank you to all who attended our annual Volunteer event! Every year, we like to show our appreciation to our volunteers by providing a lunchtime event for them. This year, we opened up our event to anyone interested in joining our volunteer team. We are so pleased to have welcomed several new volunteers to our Lee family!
We hope you will join us next summer for another fun, informative, and delicious Volunteer Barbecue!
Saturday, February 12th – Cross stitch - For beginners or seasoned stitchers – choose from an assortment of cross stitch kits and get stitching! Cost: $30.00
Saturday, March 12th – Beeswax Food Wraps - Create 3 sizes of eco-friendly food covers and ditch the cling wrap while being kind to the environment! Cost: $30.00
Saturday, April 9th – Spring Wreaths - Brighten up your front door with a lovely spring wreath on a burlap wrapped form! Cost: tba
Saturday, May 14th – Painted canvas embroidery - Create a painted background and then embellish it with basic embroidery stitches for an unusual work of art! Cost: tba
Saturday, June 11th – Summer Planter - A perfect time for potting up a beautiful planter for your balcony or patio! Cost: tba
Each and every month between April 2021 and March 2022, we will be posting a video workshop or seminar on our YouTube and Social Media. Thanks to all of our presenters for sharing their knowledge and to the New Horizons for Seniors Program for funding this project. Check out the links below to watch all of the workshops so far!
Chaque mois, entre avril 2021 et mars 2022, nous publierons un atelier ou un séminaire vidéo sur notre YouTube et nos médias sociaux. Merci à tous nos présentateurs d’avoir partagé leurs connaissances et au programme Nouveaux Horizons pour les aînés d’avoir financé ce projet.Consultez les liens ci-dessous pour regarder tous les ateliers jusqu’à présent!
April 2021 - Plarning with Barb
May 2021 - Planters with Marian
June 2021 - Rhubarb Chutney with Evelyn
July 2021 - Meal Prepping with Sudbury 4-H
August 2021 - Macaroni Pie with Sharifa
September 2021 - Home Pickling with Joan
October 2021 - Researching Women's History with Mara
November 2021 - House Logs with Glenna
December - Sashiko Embroidery with Anne
January 2022 - Rug Hooking
February 2022 -Women's Institute 125th Zoom Celebration
March 2022 - Paper Flowers
Workshop capacities are limited to maintain physical distancing and adhere to public health regulations.
All participants must provide proof of full vaccination before the workshop.
Pre-registration is required.
All workshops take place in the Carriage House at 552 Ridge Road, Stoney Creek (at the top of the Dewitt mountain access). Come enjoy the warm atmosphere and meet new friends while you craft away the morning and/or afternoon in the historical 1873 building!
Contact the Museum to register
905-662-2691 or email@example.com
Curated by 2020 Canada Summer Jobs interns Sharifa Riley & Emily (Jackson) Hodgson
"For Home & Country," the motto of the longest standing women's organization in North America. Since its inception, members of the Women's Institute (WI) have been inspiring change in their communities through education and advocacy. The mission and vision of the organization rapidly spread worldwide, and rural women everywhere embraced the movement of a better future for their family, their country, and themselves. Today there are over one-thousand branches in 70 different countries.
Over the years the WI has been at the forefront of multiple causes. Beginning with the overall goal of educating their members, they published hundreds of instruction booklets, teaching women how to complete household tasks and be a good role model for their children. Their work continued during both world wars, creating and gathering supplies for troops and for people in need. They developed educational curriculum and supported the construction of schools such as Brock University the Macdonald Institute at the University of Guelph. Their broad endeavors have expanded to economic, social, and environmental campaigns.
The year 2022 marks the 125th celebration of the organization. A Woman's Work is Never Done embodies, and pays tribute to the achievements of the WI branches from its first location onward.
The Construction of a Meal
Curated by 2021 Canada Summer Jobs intern Sharifa Riley
A history of the Lee family property
Curated by 2021 Canada Summer Jobs Intern Katie Best
As you tour through this National Historic Site, each room takes you on a journey through time as we explore the lives of Canadian settlers from 1792 through the 1900s. Be transported back in time as you enter the original 1808 log cabin turned 1860s kitchen. Experience the height of Victorian finery for wealthy farmers in the formal parlor. See the famed dining room table where Janet (Chisholm) Lee penned the constitution, giving breath to the world's first Women's Institute.
Contact the museum to book your own Zoom tour of this stunning home with the Curator herself or pop by during open hours to see the space for yourself. We can't wait to welcome you to Edgemont.
Celebrating 50 Years of Loving the Lee
Curated by Mara Benjamin
Since even before its grand opening as the Erland Lee (Museum) Home in 1972, the Lee has been welcoming visitors from near and far into its historic walls to tell the story of the Lee family, the Women's Institute, and the Stoney Creek Community. In 2022, we celebrate 50 years of operating this beloved community museum and look forward to many, many more.
This exhibition is made possible through contributions from Lee Community Members like you. Thank you!
If you would like to contribute photos, videos, stories or an interview to share your experience at the Lee, email us!
We'd love to hear from you!
Stay tuned through 2022 as we look back on 50 amazing years of Loving our Lee.
Every donation made to the Erland Lee (Museum) Home is greatly appreciated.
Donations can be made online through Canada Helps or by cheque mailed to the Erland Lee (Museum) Home payable to "Federated Women's Institutes of Ontario" with "Lee Heritage Preservation & Maintenance Fund" written on the memo line.
Women’s Institute Areas take turns each year in supplying items for sale in the Gift Shop. If an Area is unable to donate items, they can make a monetary contribution and the Gift Shop will purchase items for sale. Anyone is welcome to donate at any time!
Wondering what types of items sell well? Here are just a few! Bird figurines, bone china tea cups and saucers, bib aprons, hand crafted baby outfits (6 months or larger), good quality handmade items, and good used books. We can not accept preserves, canning, or food of any kind.
We thank everyone for their support of the Museum through Gift Shop donations!
WI Rotation List
2019 - Hamilton Area 2020 - Trent Valley & Kingston Areas 2021 - Southern Area 2022 - Eastern Area
The Erland Lee Museum Home & FWIO are looking for volunteers to lend a hand with special events, museum tours, gardening, virtual workshops, and more!
Interested in learning more about running a museum? Looking to make new friends and join a positive and welcoming community? Are you a student looking to complete community service hours or a recently retired person seeking a rewarding way to get involved? Look no further than the Lee Museum!
Click here to fill out our volunteer application form!
The Erland Lee (Museum) Home is currently closed for guided house tours due to Provincial public health measures.
The grounds are open for drop-in visitors & picnickers during the Spring, Summer, & Fall with self-guided garden & architecture tour brochures available in the blue "Garden Tour" box in the front parking lot.
The grounds are not maintained for visitors during the winter months.
The Erland Lee (Museum) Home & Federated Women's Institutes of Ontario head office are private property. Covid-19 restrictions are in place for the health & safety of our staff, volunteers, and visitors.
Please see the "About" section for the latest Covid-19 updates for the Lee Museum
552 Ridge Road
Stoney Creek, Ontario
Seniors (65+) and WI Members $6
Children (12 and under) $4
Family Rate (2 adults and 2 children) $20
Group Rate (15 or more, prebooked) $5/person
Call or email to discuss Zoom tours during the Covid-19 closure.