Description - Three hundred years ago, the French led an army against the Seneca Nation to eliminate them as international fur trade competitors. The Seneca refer to Ganondagan as the Town of Peace and revere and protect the burial site of the Mother of Nations here. Interpretive markers depict the life of the Seneca Indians and the events that took place. A Seneca longhouse is on exhibit. A museum, hiking trails, picnicking and more are offered mid-May through October, Wednesdays-Sundays.
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Ganondagan State Historic Site
- 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.
Recreation - Ganondagan State Historic Site offers audio-visual programs, demonstrations, manicured gardens, educational services, a gift shop, group tours, hiking, picnicking, scenic views, self-guided tours, interpretive signage and a visitor center / museum. The historic site is open mid-May through October, Wednesday-Sunday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Trails are open year-round from 8 a.m. to sunset, weather permitting. Groups tours are by reservation with two week advance notice. Admissions $1.00 per person for group tours. Other fees may apply.
Climate - The historic site experiences average January temperatures above 22 degrees Fahrenheit (above -6 degrees Celsius). It is important to note that this area receives some of the heaviest snowfalls in the nation. Summer temperatures average around 72 degrees Fahrenheit (around 22 degrees Celsius). Precipitation in the region ranges from less than 36 inches to approximately 40 inches of rain and snowmelt.
The Ganondagan State Historic Site is located just south of Victor along Boughton Hill Road.