I could not have found myself at a more perfect place on a beautiful fall afternoon than Historic London Town & Gardens. My curiosity was immediately struck by the dark wooden structures you see upon approach– the reconstructed Lord Mayor’s Tenement, and the Carpenter’s Shop. These rugged buildings are an intriguing juxtaposition against the elegance of the original William Brown House, spotted in the distance by the waterside, both illustrating the architectural styles of the Colonial period despite their varying characteristics.

The carpentry tools, the household amenities, and the subtle details of daily life in London Town invite reflection. Whether you are a history enthusiast, craftsperson, home-maker, artist, or lover of the outdoors, a walk through these spaces and the majestic gardens satisfies a number of interests. I have never seen such a diversity of flowers and plant life in one place! Color year-round—“Even in the snow!”—as pointed out by the friendly staff inside the Visitors Center. The guides, gift shop, and museum are a great resource to answer any questions you may have and to customize your experience.


London Town is just close—and far away—enough for a relaxing exploration. Take the time to visit and see for yourself.