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.
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.
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.
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
Participants will help plant native plants in the Green Plants Trail and the Pollinator Grassland at Ganondagan.
Ages 8 and up