Ganondagan State Historic Site

Ganondagan State Historic Site

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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
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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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raybyerley
Mandeville, LA3,274 contributions
Oct 2021 • Family
We tried to visit on 10/08 but they closed at 4 pm and we got here at 3:55, so we came back on 10/09 and it was worth it.

There is plenty of parking below the hill where the “museum / visitor center” is with a gradual sloped trail to walk up to the building (picture of the building exterior is attached - sign at the base of the hill also attached).

Inside are a set of interesting exhibits including a scale model of a long house and a light up topo map of the area behind glass (pictures attached).

We also watched a short video relaying the creation story of the original site inhabitants that was interesting.

Another walk up some stairs brought us to a full scale long house (pictures of the outside and inside are attached). A local guide gave a nice explanation of it, answered many questions, and relayed his own family knowledge of the people.

There are also well manicured grass trails around the site with plaques relating interesting information about the site and the inhabitants (a couple pictures are attached).
Written October 9, 2021
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RaChaCha
Rochester, NY136 contributions
Feb 2022
I have enjoyed the trails on / around Ganondagan for years, but today I discovered the well-curated museum. Every exhibit is labelled and explained. There was a knowledgeable enthusiastic docent. Remarkable documentation of history, not only history of the native Americans but also ties to Euro figures, such as Susan B. Anthony.
There is a clear attempt to appeal to children.
Restroom nice and clean.
Written February 26, 2022
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SebastianoeCarla
Buffalo, NY27 contributions
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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jeff77664
Downingtown, PA516 contributions
May 2022
Spent about 1 hour on a rain day in May. Very small gallery but we ended up talking to the interpreter for some time. Then went out back to the bark house and also talked to the interpreter there.
Worth a quick stop if in area.
Written July 29, 2022
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John S
Buffalo, NY731 contributions
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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Tah
Singapore371 contributions
Aug 2014 • Couples
Ganondagan is an historic Native-American site, associated with the Iroquois Seneca people. It once was just an empty piece of land, but has been slowly developed over the years so that it now has buildings, exhibits, a visitor information center, walking trails, and fields for events and demonstrations. When there's no event it can feel a little sleepy, but it's still a fascinating source of history and culture. It can even be inspirational. We've always enjoyed our time here, especially walking in the fields and nearby forests.
Written April 9, 2015
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Thank you very much for your review of Ganondagan. We're very glad you enjoy visiting and have found it inspirational--this may be due to the fact that Ganondagan once was one of the largest Seneca towns with approximately 4500 people living there through the majority of the 17th-century. With the opening of our Seneca Art & Culture Center at the end of July, we look forward to year-round visitors for the first time!
Written April 10, 2015
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MiddleEasternFoodie
New York City, New York, USA447 contributions
Aug 2011
We stumbled upon this hidden gem almost by accident, but we were so impressed we intend to return next time we are in the area.
The site has a a beautifully built long house and a short video shows the process of the building of the long house several years ago. The guide was very friendly and knowledgeable about all things native american in our tour of the long house.
Different options allow you to hike longer or shorter depending on the time you want to spend at the site. The hiking trails are beautiful and offer meadows, forest and a beautiful stream to cool your feet in. The trails were almost deserted with quiet serenity, feeling like you can be lost in the woods forever. However, the trails are very well marked and easy to hike. It is a worthwhile visit while in the area.
Written January 7, 2012
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rochesterwoman
Rochester, NY419 contributions
Sep 2014 • Solo
I'm always amazed by how few locals know about this treasure. There's so much to learn… just walk the trails or stand on the hill for a few minutes. The festival and special events are wonderful, fun, and educational… but the real beauty shines through in the quiet of history.
Written December 28, 2014
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Thank you very much for your wonderful review of Ganondagan as a "hidden treasure!" (And sorry it's taken a while to respond to you.) We hope you return this summer (end of July) for the opening of the new Seneca Art & Culture Center, which will enable us to have a year-round presence for the community and the world!
Written April 10, 2015
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Josh S
Rochester, NY123 contributions
Jul 2011 • Couples
I recommend coming during one of their events. They have a few annual festivals; food, dance, re-enactments, etc. that are all pretty well done. If you go on a random day there isn't a whole lot to see other than the Long House.
Written June 21, 2012
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jojopooh22
Canandaigua, NY67 contributions
Jun 2011 • Couples
I have been to this site as a teacher with special needs students and a s an adult. Both times this Native American site for history and learning was a very good experience. Traveled here for their annual festivities in June. Good place to visit and bring visitors to the area.
Written April 27, 2012
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