September 28, 2013
10am - 4pm
Ganondagan State Historic Site, Victor, NY
In 1669, the famous French explorer LaSalle arrived at the Seneca town of Ganondagan.
This September, living historians from across the U.S. and Canada will recreate this historic meeting at New York's only Native American Historic Site. Visit with Iroquois and Colonial people - French, Jesuit priests, Seneca, and Dutch traders - dressed in authentic 17th Century clothing.
View demonstrations of Native American and early Colonial arts and tour a full-size replica of a 17th Century bark longhouse.
Test your skills at colonial games, and participate in other hands-on activities.
Food and seldom-seen period arts and crafts items will be available for purchase.
Want to know more about the authenticity of this reenactment? Read Michael Galban's article, Looking Forward to Reliving the Past.
Other Event Attractions
Ganondagan State Historic Site Programs
Throughout the entire festival the Visitor's Center will showcase various historical and cultural videos. These screenings are free.
Guided Trail Walks will be held throughout the festival. Experienced trail guides will share the beauty and history of the site with festival goers. These trail walks are free with festival admission.
17th Century Seneca Bark Longhouse Tours will be on-going throughout the entire festival. Site interpreters will share information on the history of the site and on Haudenosaunee culture. These tours are free with festival admission.
Period Artisian Vendors
Artisans of period crafts, rarely available at any festival, will be selling their works as well as providing information on and demonstrations of the craft.
Friends of Ganondagan Gift Shop
The Friends of Ganondagan's gift shop will be open and featuring Native music, books, arts, and more throughout the festival.
Parking & Driving Directions
Follow festival signs on Rte. 96 in Victor and follow signs to Ganondagan State Historic Site. Parking is on-site.
Handicapped parking is also available at the Historic Site. There is Festival Grounds Shuttle Service for the elderly and handicapped.
Please refer to the directions link below for driving directions/map to the Ganondagan State Historic Site.
Some performances will be interpreted for the hearing-impaired and deaf event attendees. Additional event activities/programs are interpreted as requested. See details in admissions tent.
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