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Ganondagan State Historic Site, Victor

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4.5/5 based on 40+ reviews on the web
Ganondagan State Historic Site in Victor, NY stands at the location of what was one of the largest, most vital 17th-century Seneca towns until its destruction by the French in 1687. With the completion in Fall 2015 of the Seneca Art & Culture Center, Ganondagan now is a year-round destination for visitors to explore the nearly five centuries of artistic, archeological, cultural and historical artifacts, including works from many contemporary Native artists. In addition to the nearly 3,000 square feet of interactive gallery space with 15 exhibits, there is also a 10-foot scale model of the full-size bark longhouse replica, open on the site from May 1-Oct. 31. The Center also includes an orientation theater, two classrooms, and a multi-purpose auditorium with flexible, roll-out theater seating and sprung floor.

Outdoors, visitors can enjoy self-guided tours through beauifully-marked trails on the Site's 500+ acres.

Ganondagan also acts as a resource for students and educators about the Iroquois Confederacy, or Haudenosaunee, and its message of peace. Every summer, Ganondagan’s Native American Dance & Music Festival brings more than 4,000 people from all over the world. Friends of Ganondagan hosts the annual Canandaigua Treaty Day and presents lectures, workshops, and programming reflecting the vibrancy of a living culture and ensuring a sustainable future. Visit
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  • We enjoyed the grounds, building, interactive displays, the long house, the hike, views and personnel. A smaller version of the Native American Museum of the Smithsonian...with nature as the panoramic...  read more »
  • We came across this remarkable State Historic Site with its brand new museum about the Seneca and Haudenosaunee people. All staff members were well informed and very helpful, especially the young inte...  read more »
  • For years we've walked the trails of Ganondagan. It really is a magical place. Just ask our dog Muffy who spooks at certain locations on the trails. Obviously the spirits of the ancestors are present!...  read more »
  • Awesome public use trails! I love to run and walk them all the time!
  • Wonderful, welcoming, and educational.
  • The hiking trails range from woodsy ravines to gently sloped meadows.
  • Its an excellent place to learn about the lives, history, and culture of Native Americans.
  • Awesome new museum! A must see.
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