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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.

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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.




Latest News

September 1, 2018

Our Fall 2018 Newsletter is available!

Summer of 2018 was an exciting season, check out our newsletter to see happened, articles from the past and upcoming events!

Download the 2018 Fall Newsletter.




April 2, 2018

Our Spring Newsletter is now available!

Take a look at some of our events that we held here at Cottonwood Mansion Museum including our Victorian Valentine's Day Tea and St. Patrick?s Day Dinner, and take a look at our Revisiting the Past section. An article written by Larry Hamilton from the February 1991 edition of the newsletter is included!

Download the 2018 Spring Newsletter.




January 1, 2018

2017 Financials Available Here!

Download the 2017 financial statement.




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