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Ganondagan State Historic Site

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Address
State Route 444 (Victor-Bloomfield Rd.)
Victor, NY 14564
Latitude 42.961117
Longitude -77.413200

Ganondagan State Historic Site is the location of a major 17th-century Seneca town and palisaded granary. Three hundred years ago, near Ganondagan, the French led an army from Canada against the Seneca to annihilate them and eliminate them as competitors in the international fur trade. The Seneca refer to Ganondagan as the Town of Peace and revere and protect the burial site of the Mother of Nations here.

Illustrated signs mark the three trails where visitors can learn about the significance of plant life to the Seneca, about Iroquois customs and beliefs, and about the features of Fort Hill (the granary) and the events that occurred there. A traditional Seneca longhouse has been completed and open to the public. Please call the site for details.

New! The Seneca Art & Culture Center at Ganondagan State Historic Site is now open. The 17,300-square-foot Center tells the story of Iroquois contributions to art, culture and society for more than 2,000 years through specially designed interactive exhibits and historical artifacts. A collaborative venture between New York State, the Seneca Nation, Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council and many private donors made the opening of the year-round interpretive facility possible. Read more.



** Inset Picture from: Democrat and Chronicle, Rochester, New York.

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 239Victor, NY 14564

Hours of Operation

  • Visitor Center Hours: 

    Tuesday-Sunday, 9am - 5 pm, year-round (except for mid-Jan through mid-Feb.).
  • Please Note: Due to construction areas, some trails may not be open at various times. Please call the site for up-to-date trail information before your visit.

  • Bark Longhouse: 
    May 1 – October 31: Tuesdays through Sundays, 10 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Groups by reservation two weeks in advance.

Fees & Rates

Historic sites charge a vehicle use fee and/or admittance fee at various times and locations throughout the year. A list of fees is available below. For program fees or to verify information, please contact the site directly.

  • Bark Longhouse
  • Adults: $3 / Children: $2
  • Peddling Fee
  • $400
  • Shelter/Pavilion
  • $50

Deer hunting (archery only) is permitted in season. Reference the NYS DEC Hunting and Trapping Guide for current dates and rules for archery hunting.

Note: Archery deer hunting is allowed at Ganondagan State Historic Site from dawn to 9:00 am only. Permits can be obtained from the visitor center in the afternoon of the day prior to hunting.

No tree stands are permitted.

For additional information, please contact Ganondagan State Historic Site at: (585) 924-5848

Sat 17 Sep
Healing to the Core: Community Cooking Class
Saturday, September 17, 2016 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Ganondagan State Historic Site
(585) 924-5848

Iroquois white corn is an heirloom seed that dates back at least 1,400 years and is still central to healthy lives and healthy communities of the Haudenosaunee. Non-GMO, gluten free Iroquois White Corn is high in protein, high in fiber and has a low glycemic index, making it an ideal, healthy food source.

Using the Iroquois White Corn products, the Friends of Ganondagan will host 3 cooking classes at the Farmhouse. After helping to prepare a tasty and healthy meal, participants will gather together to eat and learn more about the importance of the white corn to the Haudenosaunee and how it can benefit everyone.

Cost: $30 general public/$25 member – must pre-register, limited to 18 participants.

Event made possible through the Greater Rochester Health Foundation

Sat 24 Sep
Living History - Exploring Haudenosaunee Arts
Saturday, September 24, 2016 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Ganondagan State Historic Site
(585) 924-5848

Traditional Art Exploration will take place in gallery and in the Bark Longhouse where re-enactors will talk about the functional use of baskets, pottery, weavings, etc. and traditional artists will be demonstrating their work. Outdoors will reinforce the fact that art is still being created today by Haudenosaunee artists, sometimes using the same elements as in the past – natural materials with a contemporary result.

Sun 25 Sep
Living History - Exploring the Haudenosaunee Arts
Sunday, September 25, 2016 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Ganondagan State Historic Site
(585) 924-5848

Traditional Art Exploration will take place in gallery and in the Bark Longhouse where re-enactors will talk about the functional use of baskets, pottery, weavings, etc. and traditional artists will be demonstrating their work. Outdoors will reinforce the fact that art is still being created today by Haudenosaunee artists, sometimes using the same elements as in the past – natural materials with a contemporary result.

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Educational Services
  • Gardens
  • Gift Shop
  • Interpretive Signs
  • Museum/Visitors Center (Accessible)
  • Scenic Views
  • Self Guided Tours
    • Activities
    • Audio-Visual Programs
    • Demonstrations
    • Group Tours
    • Hiking
    • Picnic Area