Open Tuesdays 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. or by appointment for any other day or time
You, your family, friends, your book group, your garden club, your school...
Imagine stepping back in time learning about our past. Guided by interpreters who have the "inside scoop" on the family that created this landmark, and the lives of the early settlers of Centerville, which includes a rich heritage of authors, statesmen, poets, historians, religious leaders and painters.
That, and much more, awaits the participants in a tour of the Thomas Whitaker Museum.
Reservations are required for groups of 10 or more or for organized groups. See below.
Sixty-Minute Guided Tour
Admission is free. No reservations necessary. Tours can be up to sixty minutes and are given as visitors arrive. You may join a group in progress or wait to begin a new tour. This tour takes you through period rooms of the 1870's Whitaker home. Hear about the museum's history, architectural significance, and the lives of the original occupants. Skilled guides are happy to tailor the tour to your particular interests. Part of this tour is the Thomas Whitaker documentary on DVD which is 30 minutes long and optional depending on your time.
Adult and Senior Group Tour
Admission is free. By reservation only. Adult and senior groups are invited to tour the museum at a leisurely pace, with guides that showcase the house in all its variety and depth. Our Historians will tailor a tour to fit the particular interests of your group - from learning how to spin your own wool, to architecture, the Whitaker family or Centerville's history.
Admission is free. By reservation only. A field trip to the Whitaker can make classroom discussions on art, history, sociology, even horticulture and farming come alive. Set on 1 acre, this 1870's farmhouse surrounds students with an authentic nineteenth century experience in a panorama of pioneer life.
Whitaker Family Tour
Admission is free. By reservation only. Indulge every curiosity in this in-depth tour led by an expert guide focusing on the life of Thomas W. Whitaker, his wives and children. This tour includes his many accomplishments as a seaman, artist, carpenter, wood carver, and contractor. Thomas was the first nurseryman in Centerville and corresponded with Queen Victoria on horticultural matters.
Admission is free. By reservation only. Elizabeth Whitaker and Hannah Whitaker come to life in costume to tell their stories once again. Elizabeth was kidnapped by Indians. As they pull out historic items from their trunk they remember fascinating stories about their lives. This presentation includes stories about crossing the plains through the eyes of a child.
Special "Group" Tour
Admission is free. By reservation only. Groups must arrive between 6:00 and 6:30 pm. These tours are for youth organizations, Boy Scouts of America, religious groups, families or the general public. A minimum of 6 in the group is required. Tuesdays only.
Access to the archives is by appointment only during regular Tuesday museum hours. There is a form that must be completed and an accompanying fee. All fees go toward digitizing and preserving these records, photos and documents.