Four generations of the Harris family lived at Benares. It is important to note that 95% of the family artifacts are original to the house, making this a unique and special collection. Benares is interpreted to the year of 1918 during World War I. Three generations of the family were in residence at the same time during this period. The house and collected artifacts illustrate the social history of Clarkson and Mississauga at that time, set against the losses and victories of war.
A base of 8200 artifacts are in the Benares collection. Items range from the 1800s to the present and include artifacts related to WWI and in particular, Egerton Sayers, who died in battle in June 1918. The artifacts portray a time, place and mood of the Great War in Canada with mementoes and original letters from the Front.