Hillary House National Historic Site - Historic Places Days

Hillary House National Historic Site

Aurora, Ontario
National Trust Passport Place
15372 Yonge St, Aurora, ON L4G 1N8, Canada
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Tuesday - Saturday 10am to 4pm

As a National Historic Site, Hillary House is comfortably nestled on two park-like acres, in the heart of Aurora. This Manor was built in the Gothic Revival Style in 1862 and was purchased by the Aurora Historical Society in 1981. Hillary House was recognized as a National Historic Site in 1973 and is the proud home of the Koffler Museum of Medicine. The site is also unique in regard to its past function as a doctor’s home and practice, from which Aurora’s first health care professionals treated local residents for about 100 years.

Chronology of Residents

1862-69: Dr. Walter Geikie lived in the house with his wife Miriam and their four children.

1869-76: Dr. Frederick William Strange purchased the house and lived there with his wife, Esther Rose, and their daughter.

1876-1894: Dr. Robert William Hillary purchased the house and lived there with his wife Annie and their seven children.

1894-1992: Dr. Robert Michael Hillary becomes the owner after the death of his father. He married Edith Mussen and they raised nine children there. Nora Hillary (their daughter) was the last resident of the house until she moved into a nursing home in 1992.

Since 1963, the Aurora Historical Society has been preserving and promoting Aurora’s local heritage. The AHS continues to engage the community by offering innovative programming, hosting unique events, and making the town’s history accessible through a wide range of exhibitions.

Hours: Tuesday- Saturday 10am to 4pm.

Please call ahead to book a tour


  • Family-Friendly
  • Guided Tour
  • National Historic Site
  • Parking
  • Washrooms

Fun Facts

– Dr. Robert Michael Hillary (the fourth doctor to live in the home) actually studied under the same Dr. Walter Geikie who had Hillary House built!

– One of the members of the Hillary family was an artist! Beatrice Hillary attended art school in Toronto and Hillary House is even home to one of her art pieces. In the Drawing Room, you will find a plaster sculpture of the Venus de Milo she made.

– Hillary House has its very own Geocache! If you aren’t able to come for a tour, find the cache through the Geocache app and take a walk around the scenic gardens!

– Hillary House is home to an extensive collection of medical history and artifacts. Just one we currently have on display is an Amputation Kit that is said to have been used by Dr. Robert William Hillary’s brother during the American Civil War (1861-5).


15372 Yonge St, Aurora, ON L4G 1N8, Canada
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