Victor, NY—Ganondagan State Historic Site re-opens for its 26th season on Thursday, May 1, with opening weekend highlighted by participation in the third annual “I Love My Park Day” through the office of Parks & Trails New York on Saturday, May 3. The Friends organization was one of the only Finger Lakes area State Parks/Historic Sites to participate in the first initiative in 2012; its 2014 participation has reached capacity.
Approximately 60 volunteers have registered to help clean up the gardens, trails, and site perimeter on Saturday morning, May 3 from 9 am-11 am. Teams from AmeriCorps, L.L. Bean, and Xerox will be participating, as will individuals from the community. “We are eternally grateful for the hard work and dedication of our many volunteers,” said Friends of Ganondagan Executive Director Meg Joseph. “Their commitment to Ganondagan is reflected in the beauty and care of the New York State Historic Site, and in the ability of the Friends to offer innovative programming and engaging events.”
The Visitor’s Center will be open from 9 am – 5 pm both Saturday and Sunday, and tours of the longhouse take place between 10 am – 4:30 pm both weekend days. Admission to the longhouse is $3/adults, $2/students and seniors (62+). Guided trail walks take place at 12 noon and 2 pm, Saturday and Sunday. Iroquois White Corn products will be available for purchase in the Visitor’s Center.
Ganondagan State Historic Site is located at 1488 State Route 444 in Victor. The Visitor’s Center can be reached at (585-924-5848) or visit www.ganondagan.org.
Ganondagan State Historic Site in Victor, NY stands at the location of what was one of the largest, most vital 17th-century Seneca towns until its destruction in 1687. Today, it is a destination for visitors to explore the authentic replica of a bark longhouse and enjoy self-guided tours through 500+ acres of trails. It also acts as a resource for students and educators about the Iroquois Confederacy, or Haudenosaunee, and its message of peace. Every summer, Ganondagan’s Native American Dance & Music Festival brings more than 4,000 people from all over the world. Friends of Ganondagan hosts the annual Canandaigua Treaty Day and presents lectures, workshops, and programming reflecting the vibrancy of a living culture and promoting a sustainable future. Visit www.ganondagan.org.