The house's history
The Thomas Reilly house is an impressive heritage building in the old village
of Aylmer, Quebec. It was constructed in 1908 for Thomas Reilly, a well-known
land surveyor, whose work with the International Boundaries Commission took him
across Canada. He was in charge of drawing the borders between Canada and the
United States and even went as far as Alaska. Before building this house, Reilly
lived across the street in the William Irish house from 1902 to 1908. Clearly,
he liked the area so much that he decided to build his own house opposite the one
which he had rented.
When Thomas died, the house was occupied by his wife Florence and his only son,
Harold Thomas Reilly. Harold, who never married, worked for the federal government.
After the death of his mother, Harold continued to live here alone until his death
in 1985. Since then, the house has been enjoyed and well preserved by a few different
owners. The current owners have carefully transformed this charming old house, taking
care to preserve as much of the heritage as possible. Every room in the house is