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.
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.
November 26 , 2015
Three Events Celebrating Christmas at Selkirk Heritage SiteCottonwood Mansion Museum Decorated in Victorian Fashion for the Holidays.
Cottonwood Mansion Museum in Selkirk is offering three special Christmas events this year. Decorated in traditional Victorian style, the first event is an open house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Saturday, November 28th. Admission is free and a wide variety of special gifts and crafts for Christmas and other occasions will be on sale. Some collectors' dolls with their provenance will be available at very low cost. Self-guided tours of the Mansion are also available. A duo from the Cottonwood Brass Quintet will play in the afternoon.
A second open house with free admission is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Saturday, December 5th. In addition to items remaining from the previous week, this one will include a variety of baked goods for sale.
On Sunday, December 13th, beginning at 12:30 p.m., President Barbara Held is hosting a traditional Country Christmas Dinner with all the trimmings. It will be catered by Julia's Bistro. Pianist Carol Fillmore, well known to many at Cottonwood and beyond and now residing in Port Dover, returns to the Mansion for dinner music and carol singing after the dinner. There are several surprises in store for guests. The dinner is $25 for adults and $12.50 for children twelve and under. Reservations are required on or before December 10th by calling 905-776-2538 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visitors to Cottonwood for any of its Christmas events would also enjoy visiting nearby Selkirk for its outstanding Christmas decorations.
September 19 , 2015
Doors Open Haldimand County
Visitors from as far away as India and the Philippines enjoyed Cottonwood Mansion Museum during Doors Open Haldimand County 2015 on Saturday, September 19th. Clayton Lord Spears and Catherine Lady Stidsen greeted visitors. In the Pettit Parlour, Jay and Richard Hoover told the story of...
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September 9, 2015
Grimsby Historical Society Article on Cottonwood Mansion
The Grimsby Historical Society recently provided an article about Cottonwood Mansion. Click on the image to the right to read the article.
August 20, 2015
Ontario Farmer Interview
If you subscribe to or have access to "Ontario Farmer", don't miss the article on Cottonwood Mansion Museum by June Payne Flath. She was at the Mansion and interviewed Cindy Stewart-Held, Clayton Spears, and Catherine Stidsen to help with the article. We are grateful to her and her publisher for having made this possible.Barbara Held
August 18, 2015
Volunteers needed for Doors Open Haldimand County
Volunteers needed for Doors Open Haldimand County at Cottonwood on September 19th. Please call 905 776 2538 or email email@example.com on or before September 12th if you are able to help in any way.Thank you for the strong turn out of volunteers. We have enough now.
August 9, 2015
Victorian Concert and Peach Social
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August 8, 2015
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July 18, 2015
6th Annual Cottonwood Daylily Sale
Mary Ann and David Pearson's annual daylily sale for Cottonwood Mansion was once again an amazing success. This year they added a new hybrid, "Pockets Warhol", to the offerings. It is a second charity for this year's proceeds, connected with the "monkey who paints" who lives at the Story Book Farm north of Toronto. It is the same location were the Ikea monkey found a home.
Melody Roberts and Ron Gernat of Toronto, visited Cottonwood Mansion for the first time during the Pearson's Annual Day Lily Sale. Melody's mother was Jocelyn Hoover of Selkirk, which makes her an 8th generation. Her father was James Roberts, whose mother was a Neff, and she recognized the tea set in the dining room, among other items donated by Florence Neff Young.
June 17, 2015
HN Caregivers Tea at Cottonwood Mansion
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June 10, 2015
Selkirk Bakery Display
A display of artifacts from the Selkirk Bakery which was opened in the mid 1800s, opened at Cottonwood Mansion Museum on Wednesday, June 10th, courtesy of area resident William H. Lindsay. The exhibit is on display until Friday, September 18th, and will be followed by materials connected to croquet and other sports in the Victorian Era. See our events for more details.