EXPERIENCE THE CULTURE OF SIX NATIONS OF THE GRAND RIVER
Chiefswood National Historic Site
Interested in history, arts, poetry, rare ecosystems, or water sports? This is a spot for you.
This unique mansion is the birthplace of famed Mohawk-English poet Pauline Johnson and was constructed along the Grand River in 1856.
The house features two front doors— one facing the river to welcome Mohawks who arrived by canoe, and one facing the road to welcome the English who arrived by buggy from early Brantford. The two doors are living symbols of mixing cultures.
Today, Chiefswood National Historic Site features rare grassland prairies, Carolinian forests, swamp lands, the Grand River, and is a community hub where Six Nations gathers each year for Aboriginal Day in June and the Champion of Champion’s Pow Wow in late July.
Chiefswood is rich in history, both Mohawk and English cultures, and is an eye opening glimpse into 19th century life through the eyes of a young poetess.
You can visit Chiefswood National Historic Site all year round, From May to September through walk ins and/or upon request in the off season.