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Benares Historic House

Welcome to Benares Historic House
1507 Clarkson Road North, Mississauga

Step back into the era of the early 1900's

BenaresWith more than 160 years of history, this exquisite estate was home to four generations of the Harris and Sayers families. Feel the warmth and pride of workmanship in this home which has been restored to its quiet elegance of the early 20th century.

Begin your tour at the Visitor Centre. Explore the interpretive gallery; become acquainted with previous generations of the family and discover how Benares came to be.

Benares House A short walk through the picturesque park-like setting brings you to the Harris family's Georgian style home, filled top to bottom with original family possessions. The Benares Historic House is owned and operated by the City of Mississauga, Community Services Department.

Geoffery, Barbara, Dora Benares and most of its contents were donated by the three great grandchildren of Captain Harris -- Geoffrey Harris Sayers, Dora Sayers Caro and Barbara Sayers Larson to the Ontario Heritage Foundation in 1968. It was restored and fully furnished with Harris Family items and opened to the public as Mississauga's newest museum in 1995. Part of what makes Benares so unique is that over 95% of the artifacts in the house are original to the Harris family and this home.


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  • Mazo de la RocheWhy is it called Benares?
  • Early History of the House
  • Harris Family Tree

Mazo de la Roche 

In 1927, Mazo de la Roche (1879-1961), who had been living on what was part of the original Benares estate, wrote a total of sixteen novels based on the trials and tribulations of the fictional Whiteoaks family of Jalna and won the Atlantic Monthly magazine $10,000 prize for fiction with her novel, "Jalna". read more or go to for more information.

Mazo - Parks Canada Brochure

'Discover Benares Historic House' DVD 

Officially launched in July 2010, the Benares DVD Project, received the prestigious Ontario Museums Association Award of Excellence in October! The project has expanded public access and enhanced the visitor experience of Benares Historic House. BulletDetails


Benares Virtual Tour Museums Picture Gallery


Featured Articles
Sayers Family at Benares, ca 1920s, Clarkson Friends of the Museums Launched!
Join the newly formed organization--the Friends of the Museums of Mississauga--and help promote, strengthen and support the Museums.

   Volunteering at the Museums

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Fully Restored to 1918
Museums - Tour
Enjoy a guided tour through this historic jewel of Mississauga
Attention Historic Cooks!
Museums - Cookbook
The treasured recipes of Anne Harris Sayers and Naomi Harris of Benares Historic House.
  Delicious Memories Cookbook
Bessie and Lucy Harris at Fancy Dress Ball, Toronto, 19th century
Bessie & Lucy Harris as 'Night' and 'Day'
Bessie and Lucy Harris attended a costume ball at St. Lawrence Hall in the late 19th century. Notice that they are dressed as 'Night' and 'Day'. Come see this photo and others when you visit the museum.