Cottonwood is a 6,000 square foot mansion in the Italianate style. It has fifteen rooms, some of which feature the original furniture donated by Holmes’ family members. Now a living museum, the mansion is open for tours, educational programs, weddings, and rentals.
It all started when…
Larry Hamilton (1940-2004), a relation and descendant of Cottonwood Mansion’s original owners, the Holmes family, purchased the property in 1988. At the time, the house was uninhabited and falling to ruin. Larry set about the difficult task of restoring the property back to its former glory, igniting a new purpose for the house as a living museum.
In February 1989, the Cottonwood Mansion Preservation Foundation was established with a mandate to preserve the Holmes and Hoover families’ histories along with showcasing the Victorian and Edwardian periods. In 1994 the bulk of the restoration was completed with considerable financial contributions from local residents, interested parties, and an enormous amount of volunteer work. Dedicated volunteers and staff continue to make the mansion a thriving hub for cultural experiences, historic tours, special events, and rentals. A number of scheduled events also take place at Cottonwood annually. Please check out our upcoming events and programs to see what you can experience.
740 Haldimand 53, Selkirk, ON N0A 1P0