Built in 1857 and restored in 1995 to reflect daily life in the World War One era, Benares was home to four generations of the Harris family. Filled with unique artifacts that are original to the house, including letters and photographs rich with family stories, Benares truly provides an exceptional glimpse into the past.
Benares Historic House is considered by some to be the inspiration for Canadian author Mazo de la Roche’s (1879–1961) famous series of Whiteoaks of Jalna novels. The author spent the summers of 1924–1928 as the neighbour of Benares Historic House in the nearby Trail Cottage, a small home she built on land purchased from the Harris family. Jalna was written while Mazo was living there.