Welcome to Cottonwood Mansion
Cottonwood is an Italianate-style red brick mansion built c. 1865-70 by William Holmes Jr., as a private residence. Descendants of the family say the name came from the cottonwood trees that originally surrounded the home on its 200 acre site. It was lived in until 1911 and then was derelict for almost eighty years until its restoration was undertaken by the late Larry Hamilton beginning in 1988.
Cottonwood is a 6,000 square foot mansion with fifteen rooms, some of which have the original furniture donated by Holmes' family members. Now a living museum, the mansion is open for tours, and available for rentals for a variety of events. A number of scheduled events take place annually, most with a Victorian flavour in keeping with the mission statement of the Cottonwood Mansion Preservation Foundation to sustain and maintain the Mansion and provide experiences of the Victorian Era.
Cottonwood's extensive genealogy research centre is now administered by the curator at Haldimand County Museum and Archives. It concentrates on the pioneer families of the Haldimand and Niagara areas.
May 14, 2016
Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting of the Cottonwood Mansion Preservation Society will take place this year on May 14, 2016 beginning at 11 a.m. It will be followed by the traditional pot luck lunch of years past. Members are asked to bring a hot or cold dish and many may wish to repeat the tradition of bringing food from the Mansion's recipe book. Members are invited to bring guests especially individuals who might be willing to volunteer at the Mansion in a variety of ways. Proxies for the use of those unable to attend the meeting will be mailed with the April newsletter.
covers the Hoover connection to Cottonwood Mansion
and Selkirk Community and follows the Family of
Jacob Reginald Hoover (1912 to 2003) to the present.
The book sells for $40.00 + shipping and
$10.00 per book sold will be donated to the
Cottonwood Mansion Preservation Foundation.
Limited Quantities Available
Please contact Cottonwood Mansion at 907-776-2538
or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you
are interested in purchasing a book.
Home at Home: Selkirk and Haldimand County
Feature article on Selkirk and Haldimand County in a national Canadian magazine. 400,000 copies across Canada. Download the PDF.
Reprinted with permission from Home Hardware's Home at Home magazine.
March 13, 2016
St. Patrick's Day Country Dinner Recap
Cottonwood Mansion hosted a Traditional Country Dinner in honor of St. Patrick's Day on Sunday, March 13. Barbara Held, President, along with volunteers served baked ham, colcannon, barmbrack and all the trimmings which included delicious desserts, tea, coffee and punch.
Irish BarmbrackPrep: 15m
Ready in: 5h 15m
Ingredients2 1/2 cups dried mixed fruit (Compliments Five Fruit Medley)
1 1/2 cups hot brewed tea
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup lemon marmalade
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
Carrot salad8 cups cooked carrots (sliced)
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp dry mustard or regular
1 1/2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
3 onions (chopped)
1 can tomato soup (don't add anything)
3 tbsp vinegar
3/4 cup white sugar
pepper to taste
1/2 cup salad oil
1 green pepper (chopped)
Mix all together, marinate at least 24 hours. Will keep in fridge for weeks.
Can be served hot or cold.
February 14, 2016
Valentine's Day Country Dinner Recap
December 17, 2015
Even More Christmas Events Recap
Former guests at the dinner and several new to the event expressed their pleasure with the event and the ambiance. The unique Christmas gifts available for purchase were also much appreciated.
The Mansion continues to be open to the public on Thursdays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. until it closes for January, February and March apart from rentals and special events.
Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
December 11, 2015
Christmas Events Recap So Far
The November 28th and December 5th Open Houses at Cottonwood Mansion Museum were a banner day for the Foundation! The unique items for sale on both days brought oohs and aahs as did the Christmas decor. Lunch and baked goods for sale at the December 5th event were so popular that both Christmas open houses in 2016 will feature them.
The December 5th event was a special hallmark for the Mansion when descendants of both the original Hubers who settled Selkirk and beyond in 1790 and descendants of the Holmes Family came to visit. One member of the first group wept for joy at seeing the trunk in the Ballroom that belonged to the original settlers. She had only seen it in photographs until this visit.
Six-year-old Sadee Kelly in Victorian hoop skirt and period cape, muff, and bonnet was a special added attraction on the 5th. She is currently Cottonwood's youngest volunteer and brightens every event in which she participates with her smile and enthusiasm.
After a traditional Country Christmas Dinner on Sunday, December 13th, the Mansion will close for the winter apart from rentals and three special events. For information on these see the Coming Events on the website. The Mansion reopens to the public on April 2, 2016. During the interim all emails and phone messages will be checked regularly and will be answered as soon as possible.