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Fairfields Heritage House

An impressive 19th-century Gothic revival farmhouse, Fairfields Heritage House represents the homestead and community building legacy of the Bell family. Originally built on 267 hectares (660 acres) of farmland, Fairfields was home to five generations of the Bell family, starting when William Bell purchased the land in 1823. A Georgian-style farmhouse was constructed on the site between 1842 and 1851. Sadly, this original home was razed during the great Carleton fire of 1870. Lakeview Farm, as it was originally named, was rebuilt in 1871-72 using the Gothic revival style that was popular at the time. As a museum, Fairfields Heritage House tells the story of nearly 200 years of rich, local history and the people who helped shape the evolution of the area through farming, community involvement, politics and law. Beautiful green lawns surround the house and are an invitation to spend leisure time here. With a gazebo, gardens and statuesque trees, the space is perfect for picnics, exploration and family-friendly activities. For Digital Doors Open, explore the house through this Matterport tour.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

3080 Richmond Road
Ottawa, Ontario


Year built: 1871-72
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Historical house, Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

Fairfields Heritage House 3080 Richmond Road