Ganondagan State Historic Site

Ganondagan State Historic Site, Victor: Hours, Address, Ganondagan State Historic Site Reviews: 4.5/5

Ganondagan State Historic Site

Ganondagan State Historic Site
4.5
Historic Sites • History Museums
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
The new Seneca Art & Culture Center is an interactive, interpretive facility at Ganondagan telling the story of the Seneca and Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) contributions to art, culture and society for more than 2,000 years to the present day. The gift shop features beautiful Seneca and Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) art, jewelry, basketry, clothing, and our heirloom Iroquois White Corn products. A 17th-century bark longhouse replica (open May- Oct) reflects the life of the Seneca people who once lived here. Three marked ethno-botanical and historical trails invite you to walk and learn more about us. Heirloom gardens and fields of native grasses are contemporary reminders of the land's origins. Our festivals and special events share the culture of our people through dance, music, arts, sports, storytelling and other Iroquois traditions. Visit Ganondagan to discover the living culture and natural world of the Seneca people at their historic Town of Peace.
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John S
Buffalo, NY690 contributions
Ganondagan Hiking Trails
Aug 2020 • Friends
08/07/20 We went to Victor to visit with some friends and of course we needed to do something outside due to the Covid-19 restrictions.

This beautiful building built on site had some interesting facts that were new to me.

It will not take you too long to get through it.

Outside, is the long house replica which was very interesting. We had a very informative docent named Victoria, which did a great job with the background story. Kudos!

What was very interesting in these Indian clans were that they were socially structured as matriarchal. We had a very interesting discussion around that topic and women’s rights.

Very different philosophy indeed verses our European ancestors or other patriarchal societies around the world.

There are numerous well laid out trails to hike with terrain. A great place to go for a walk.

Written August 8, 2020
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Thank you for visiting and for taking the time to review your experience at Ganondagan. We’re glad you enjoyed learning about Haudenosaunee matrilineal society, and how the women influenced the American suffragists. We welcome your return!
Written August 9, 2020
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SebastianoeCarla
Buffalo, NY27 contributions
Very informative and user friendly
Aug 2020
Great place. The Culture and Art Center has state of the art facilities, the exhibition is well planned and the display engaging and rich of authentic items. The Long house a great place to visit. Rich in history. Overall an excellent combination of History, exhibition, modern facilities, very well kept.
Written August 5, 2020
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Thank you for visiting and for taking the time to write this lovely review. We welcome visitors with our safety protocol in place.
Written August 9, 2020
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Onnalee Y
Palm Coast, FL61 contributions
Amazing rich with history
Sep 2018 • Family
Visited in the fall for one of their festivals... took a long hike in the beautiful countryside. Visited the long houses and saw their amazing art and historical items. The history is sad but a remarkable site to see.
Written August 4, 2019
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Thank you for your wonderful review—we so appreciate it. Look forward to your return soon!
Written August 9, 2020
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MAM
115 contributions
Go if interested in the people of the longhouse
Jun 2019 • Couples
Did not care for the video. Hard to follow and too much dancing. Docent was very informative. Young male intern by longhouse was friendly and informative as well.
Written June 15, 2019
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Larry W
Rochester, NY21,352 contributions
SUPERB facility with lots to do
Apr 2019 • Business
I visited the Ganondagan facility for work, as I had to take a course inside the Cultural Center. They have a large, open area in the middle that easily fit our 30 people around tables to facilitate our course, and the folks at the Center were very friendly and welcoming. I also wandered about the exhibits and learned a lot about the Seneca & Native American lifestyles and culture while on my breaks...and of course I had to pick up some items from the gift shop. The Longhouse exhibit (up the hill) was not yet open, but is an extremely educational experience for the kids once it does open (which I believe is in May). I highly recommend this place for a visit, even if you have to come from a bit out of your way.
Written April 11, 2019
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Rebekah W
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Wonderful Day!
Feb 2019 • Couples
My boyfriend and I visited Ganondagan today for the first time. We went for their Native American Winter Fest and had a great experience. Their current exhibits were comprehensive and some were modern and interactive. I particularly enjoyed the are scattered throughout the center. Because today was a special event, we also got to learn about a winter sport called “Snowsnake”, witnessed social dances performed by native dancers, and heard a couple folk stories told by master storyteller Perry Ground. Because we were late we missed out on traditional foods being served, but the menu looked delicious. Excellent day all around!
Written February 23, 2019
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onthegoVictor_NY
Penn Yan, NY48 contributions
Right in my backyard!
Dec 2018 • Couples
I have lived less than a mile away from this rare historic site. When my wife and I were wondering what we were going to do on a Sunday afternoon I mentioned Ganondagan and we decided to take the 3 minute ride to the interpretive center to see what we had been missing. After watching a 15 minute film about the beliefs of the people who once roamed the area and very likely had set foot where we built our house we. Entered the museum and were impressed by the amount of relics and displays that have been gathered there. It gave great insight into the way the natives lived and worked. A small gift shop allowed us to pick up a few gifts for the holidays. Please leave enough time to be able to soak in the history.
Written December 11, 2018
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CTTV
Pittsford, NY88 contributions
Comprehensive Exhibits and Events
Nov 2018
I love going to this center since the Native American history is extensive in western New York. Their events feature story tellers and dancing which is always fun to watch. You'll learn a lot about the Native American culture.
Written December 11, 2018
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Bill K
Spencerport, NY834 contributions
Nice historical site in the middle of nowhere
Oct 2018 • Solo
I was just passing by and thought I'd stop in and check this place out. I parked in the lot and walked up the small nature path to the entrance.

This area was the original site of a 17th Century Seneca town which was home to thousands of Indians before it was destroyed.

I started my stay at the Seneca Bark Longhouse which is fully furnished to reflect a typical dwelling from the late 1600’s. This building closes for the season starting Nov 1st and reopens in the Spring. They have various events here in the summer so check their website for events. Behind the Longhouse are a number of nature trails to enjoy.

The main building contains a gift shop, a very nice auditorium, movie room and art gallery. The gallery contains some nice local artifacts (a lot from the site itself) and some current Indian art in the Hodinöhsö:ni’ exhibit which looks at the positive influence of women in their culture.

Overall, if you are interested in Native American life, this is a nice place to check out their heritage.
Written October 31, 2018
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Thank you for taking the time to review. We actually are in Victor, NY, just a minute or two from the village of Victor, and about 20 minutes from Rochester. We're glad you pointed out all of he events we host as well!
Written November 3, 2018
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Jim M
Chelsea, MI332 contributions
Enjoyable and enlightening presentation of Seneca presence in New York
Oct 2018 • Couples
We had a great visit at the Historic Site. First thing you do is sit through about a 15-min video that explains the spiritual beginnings and beliefs of the Seneca Indians. Then you go out to the main exhibition hall that shows artifacts, and history of the associated tribes. Finally, you take a tour of the Bark Long House, which represents the lodging of 25 to 30 persons of the same family. We visited late in the season, so we missed the small farm plot of the "Three Sisters", i.e., corn, squash, and beans - the staples of the Indian diet. If you have the time, take a hike on one of the many trails through the surrounding area. They have plaques along the way that explain the types of trees and plants used for tools, medicine, and food. Very enjoyable time spent.
Written October 28, 2018
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Thank you for taking the time to review your experience. We're very glad to hear how much you got out of it.
Written October 30, 2018
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  • Wed - Sat 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM