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Welcome to Cottonwood Mansion Museum

Cottonwood is an Italianate-style red brick mansion built c. 1860 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.

Permanent Part-time Position Available

A permanent part-time position as Administrative Assistant is available at Cottonwood Mansion Museum, Selkirk, Ontario, beginning April, 2020. Applicants need a warm and welcoming personality and the ability to work independently to manage a variety of events and secure volunteers for them. Computer skills and an interest in History, especially of Haldimand County, are assets as are sales and marketing skills. Please forward a detailed resume to cottonwoodmansion@gmail.com on or before March 21st.

Administrative Assistant Duties

  • Answer incoming phone calls and appropriate emails.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Event planning knowledge.
  • Semi-annual newsletter to be produced, edited, and published.
  • Manage rental bookings.
  • Mail distribution.
  • Grant writing experience an asset.
  • Experience in a non-profit setting beneficial.
  • Hostess for incoming tours and rentals.

Job Types: Part-time, Permanent

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