On Sunday my mom and I went to Point Ellice House for high tea in The Secret Vintage Shoppe featured in yesterdays blog post. After we had tea and browsed all of the vintage treasures in the shop, we decided to go on a tour of the historic Victorian house. For over a hundred years the O’Reilly family members lived in this Victorian home. The house is fully furnished with the family’s original and personal belongings. Point Ellice house is a time capsule of bygone days from the 19th century featuring all of the unique furniture and decor that has not been upgraded for over a hundred years making it one of the complete collections of Victoriana in North America.
In 1975, three generations later, O’Reilly’s grandson, John, and his wife, Inez, sold the house and all its contents to the Province of British Columbia so that it may form part of B.C.’s lasting legacy of its early days. Once they sold the house the O’Reilly’s then bought a historic mansion converted to suites in Rockland. I had no idea, but my parents bought the house in Rockland from the O’Reilly’s in 1981, and I am now living in one of the apartments. It is crazy how I somehow became connected to the O’Reilly family.
Follow along with me through the photos to see some of my favorite aspects of Point Ellice House.
Details from the kitchen
I love the vintage sewing machine
Old Victorian bathtub
I love the floral wallpaper in the bedroom
Embroidery to be turned into slippers
I want this bathroom set for my collection