"The Great Treaty of Canandaigua" by Robert Griffing

Canandaigua Treaty Day Commemoration:

Please join us for the Canandaigua Treaty Commemoration 2PM on the front lawn of the Ontario County Courthouse, 27 North Main St. Canandaigua, NY!  
The Ontario County Courthouse is located on the North-East corner of N. Main Street & Ontario Street in Downtown Canandaigua, approx 8 miles South of the NYS Thruway or 2.5 miles North of Routes 5 &20.
Public parking is behind the courthouse, accessible from Gorham Street and Ontario Street (off North Main Street). 

Friday, November 11th - Commemoration of the Canandaigua Treaty

This year's 228th anniversary of the historic, federal Canandaigua Treaty of 1794 Commemoration will take place at 2 PM on the front lawn of the Ontario County Courthouse.

The annual commemoration serves to “polish the chain of peace and friendship” between the Hodinöhsö:ni’ (Six Nations Confederacy) and the young United States. The treaty was signed by Colonel Timothy Pickering—official agent of President George Washington—and sachems from the Six Nations Grand Council. It signified peace between the two and recognized the sovereignty of the other as distinct nations to govern and set their own laws

 Photo Credit: Alex Hamer Photography


COMPLETELY FULL - 12:00 PM Lunch served at Ganondagan’s Seneca Art & Culture Center, 7000 County Rd. 41, Victor, New York 14564
COMPLETELY FULL - 12:45 PM Speaker: Jamie Jacobs (Tonawanda Seneca) (45 min)
Ganondagan’s Seneca Art & Culture Center, Auditorium
1:30 PM Depart for Ontario Courthouse Lawn for Commemoration, Canandaigua, NY
2:00 PM Commemoration of Canandaigua Treaty
Lawn of the Ontario County Courthouse, 27 N. Main Street, Canandaigua, NY
3:00 PM Original Canandaigua Treaty and presentation at the
Ontario County Historical Society, 55 N. Main Street, Canandaigua, NY.
4:00 PM Commemoration concludes

Parking at Seneca Art & Culture Center

If you are coming to the Seneca Art & Culture Center first, you can park in the main lot and walk up the walking path to the building. Elders can pull up to the building and park in the spaces on the side of the building and the spaces for busses directly in front of the building.

Parking for Ontario Courthouse

The Ontario County Courthouse is located at 27 N Main St, Canandaigua, NY 14424. There is a free public parking lot just beyond the Ontario St & Pleasant St intersection. 

Photo Credit: Alex Hamer Photography

Photo Credit: Gale Karpel

“Our rededication event is an important reminder to the U.S. that treaties are the supreme law of the land, and that this treaty continues to be valid and in effect,” said Peter Jemison (Seneca), Ganondagan State Historic Site manager.


Haudenosaunee White House Meeting

On February 22, 2016, Haudenosaunee leaders met with U.S. officials at the White House in Washington, DC to commemorate and formally acknowledge the Canandaigua Treaty. The treaty was signed on November 11, 1794, and ratified by President George Washington on February 21, 1795, 300 years and one day before this historic meeting. Please open this link to read the text of the treaty:

Filmed and edited by Gwendolen Cates

Film & Text above by Gwendolyn Cates