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.

Mansion Construction Complete

Cottonwood Mansion is now open again for our regular hours as listed on the Contact Us page. Thank you for your patience as we made these necessary upgrades to the building.

Coming Up

August 9, 2017

Museum closed for a private booking.

August 13, 2017

12th Annual Victorian Brass Concert and Peach Social

Starting at 2 p.m., come and listen to the Cottonwood Brass Quintet perform historic music on antique and period instruments with special guest Dr. Henry Meredith. Self-guided tours of the Mansion will be available. Please bring a lawn chair. Admission includes a Peach dessert. Adults $10, Children (twelve and under) $5, Pre-Schoolers free.

Download the press release here.

August 15, 2017

Museum closed for a private booking.

August 19, 2017

Museum closed for a private booking.

Available Now

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 cottonwoodmansion@gmail.com 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.

Latest News

June 17, 2017

High Tea-Downton Abbey Style Recap

Cottonwood Mansion hosted a High Tea-Downton Abbey Style on June 17, 2017. Guests enjoyed the High Tea in the Victorian ambiance of the Mansion. Many of whom were in Victorian costume. Special thanks to organizer Lynda Davis and the staff of volunteers that made the event a success.

Organizer Lynda Davis with volunteers Debbie and Greg.

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Volunteers Bruce and Lois Gifford (Mr. & Mrs. Holmes) conversing with guests.

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Alma Nagel, a guest at the High Tea in Victorian costume.

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Volunteers Lois Gifford and Greg Hilton.

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May 6, 2017

Cottonwood Mansion Dolly Tea Party Recap

Cottonwood Mansion hosted the annual Dolly Tea Party on May 6, 2017 to a sold out crowd. The guests enjoyed tea and light lunch, crafts, and activities. Special thanks to Deanna Schaus, Maureen Edge, and their staff of volunteers that continue to make this event such a great success.

Deanna Schaus and Maureen Edge, organizers of the Dolly Tea Party, and their staff of volunteers for the event.

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Lois Gifford who also volunteered for the event enjoyed the tea along with her two granddaughters Ameyla and Claryssa.

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Guests and their dolls enjoying the Dolly Tea Party.

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March 12, 2017

St. Patrick's Day Country Dinner Recap

Cottonwood Mansion hosted our annual St. Patrick's Day Dinner on March 12, 2017. Guests enjoyed a meal catered by Rosie Balogh and entertainment provided by dancers from the McGinley Academy of Irish Dance in Georgetown.

Six young women, all of whom have qualified for the World Competition of Irish Dancing in Dublin in April, performed at the end of the dinner.

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One of the dancers was Allison Daly, rated third best Irish dancer in Canada. She is shown with her grandparents, local residents, Brendan and Philomena Daly.

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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.

Richard Hoover, Vice President (shown here) along with his wife Anne volunteered and also enjoyed the Christmas dinner.

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Milfred and Marjorie Hartwick guests at the dinner.

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Bruce and Lois Gifford along with their family and friends at the dinner.

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Craig Sitter, Karen Zandersons, and their guests at the dinner.

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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.

Volunteer Lynda Davis helping at the Christmas Open House.

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Dave and Mary Ann Pearson a duo from the Cottonwood Brass Quintet entertained the guests at the Christmas Open House.

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Xander Geister who produced the Haldimand Heritage Sites 2017 calendar signing purchased copies for guests at the Christmas Open House.

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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.

Rosemary Hilton and Walter Plaenksken helping with the decorating at the Mansion.

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Lynn Otterman decorating the tree in the Sitter Music Room.

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Lynda Davis and our youngest helper of the day decorating the tabletop tree in the Smith Parlour.

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