Maitland Water House is a historical landmark
located in Maitland, Florida. The Water House is
a fully restored Victorian home that was
originally built in 1884 by William H.
Waterhouse for his family.
The home is a perfect example of what life
was like for a middle class family over 100
years ago. The old style furnishings,
mementos, and clothing, quickly take you
back to the times of yester year when
everything was done at a different pace.
The two storey home exhibits the class and
customs of the people of the 1800’s and propels
you back in time to a place that has almost
become forgotten. The tour through the house
allows you to see and feel what it was like
almost 100 years ago. Just imagine being able to
travel through time and stand and look at what
your life would have been like without all of
today’s technological advances.
Next to the Waterhouse home you will find the
Waterhouse Carpentry Shop Museum which displays
tools used by craftsmen of the late 19th
century. Constructed around 1883, this is where
Mr. Waterhouse ran his woodworking and
construction business. There are many different
tours available from this point onward. The Carpentry Shop Museum offers
an interactive woodworking program that presents
techniques and building methods that were used
in central Florida during the 1800's. Students
participate in a hands-on experience in the
Carpentry Shop Museum using century old tools.
Some tools on display were used by William
Waterhouse, builder and pioneer of Maitland.
Each child at the end of the tour is instructed
on how to build their very own toolbox using the
old time methods.
Another popular tour for the children is the
Hats and Tea Party. This learning exercise is
designed to teach students the social etiquette
and customs of the Victorian period in America.
The program begins with a tour of the Waterhouse
Residence Museum, which chronicles the life of
Victorian children, discusses Maitland area
history, and introduces the Waterhouse family.
After the tour, participants are given a
decorated hat and invited to a Victorian tea,
which includes scrumptious pastries, cookies,
dainties, and of course a variety of teas. This
is a learning experience that can be enjoyed by
the entire family. The Maitland area offers a
window back into the times of yesteryear while
still affording the luxuries of today that we
have come to expect.