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 11, 2017
Regular Season Opening Date
Due to anticipated construction the Mansion will open for the regular season on May 11, 2017 at 11:00 am. Any special events or rental bookings before this date will still be taking place as scheduled.
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
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Reprinted with permission from Home Hardware's Home at Home magazine.
December 18, 2016
Christmas Dinner Recap
Cottonwood Mansion hosted a Christmas Dinner on December 18, 2016. Guests were served a delicious hot meal catered by Rosie Balogh with help from Barbara Held, President and many other volunteers.
December 3 & 10, 2016
Open House & Bake Sale/Bazaar Recap
Cottonwood Mansion hosted an Open House & Bake Sale Bazaar on December 3 & 10, 2016. Guests were treated to a wide array of bake sale items and many unique treasures from the bazaar. Entertainment was provided from a duo from the Cottonwood Brass Quintet, Dave and Mary Ann Pearson. Xander Geister was also on hand signing copies of the Haldimand Heritage Sites 2017 calendar which he produced.
November 26 & 27, 2016
Christmas Decorating Day Recap
Cottonwood Mansion hosted a Christmas Decorating Day on November 26 & 27, 2016. The Mansion was decorated in Victorian theme for the Christmas holidays. We had many volunteers come out and participate in the event and enjoyed a wonderful lunch provided by Barbara Held, President. Thank you to all who made the day a great success.
October 15, 2016
Victorian Children's Event Recap
Cottonwood Mansion hosted a Victorian Children's Event on October 15,2016 with period playtime and education that included vintage themed toys, games, lunch, entertainment, and a tour of the Mansion. Special thanks to Karen Richardson of Haldimand County Museum and Archives for the use of their vintage toys and games and to all the volunteers and guests who attended the event.
August 21, 2016
The Peter Banting Swingtet Concert-Beef On A Bun And Corn Roast Recap
The Hamilton based "Peter Banting Swingtet" made its first appearance at Cottonwood Mansion on Sunday, August 21st at the Mansion's Beef on a Bun and Corn Roast event. The gazebo at Cottonwood was used as a dance floor. Chairs were set close to it and also under the shade of some of the magnificent trees on the property. A breeze from the lake made for a perfect day.
Members of the audience who didn't dance could be heard singing along with the favorites like "Hello, Dolly" and "Mame" among others. The band has been in the Selkirk area before but this was its first time at Cottonwood. They are known in many areas for the help they provide for not for profit organizations and charities.
Peter Banting provided a variety of classic jokes between the sets. The supper after the concert offered Snyder's corn, beef on a bun with a variety of condiments, three salads and strawberry pie for dessert. It was catered by Barbara Held, President and assisted by other Mansion volunteers. Guests were invited to eat indoors or outdoors.
Many in attendance were first time visitors to the Mansion and took advantage of the self-guided tour which was included in the price for admission. Many expressed their intention to return for other events.
August 7, 2016
Victorian Concert and Peach Social Recap
Cottonwood Mansion hosted the 11th Annual Victorian Concert and Peach Social on Sunday, August 7th.
Guests were entertained by the Cottonwood Brass Quintet with special guest Dr. Henry Meredith. Volunteers served an ice cream and peach dessert with peach punch.
June 19, 2016
Strawberry Social Recap
Cottonwood Mansion hosted their annual Strawberry Social on Sunday, June 19.
Guests enjoyed listening to the Haldimand-Norfolk Concert Band, sponsored by Bob and Shirley Otterman. Volunteers served an ice cream and strawberry dessert with punch.
May 22, 2016
High Tea-Downton Abbey Style Recap
May 7, 2016
Cottonwood Mansion Dolly Tea Party Recap
On May 7 the 5th annual Dolly Tea Party was held at the Mansion. The event was organized and presented by Deanna Schaus, Maureen Edge and their staff of volunteers. It is one of the Mansion's most popular events and has already been pre-booked and sold out for 2017. Guests enjoyed an afternoon of lunch, tea, punch, cookies, handmade desserts, crafts, and games. There were plenty of door prizes and each girl received a gift bag for attending. This year a special donation of a hand-made doll was donated for a prize by Marla Eve who is a master doll maker. She has won international competitions and earned a perfect score in the last international competition.
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