Official Bell Homestead NHS Website, City of Brantford

Pay Us a Call at Melville House! 

This sturdy homestead was the site of one of the most important scientific breakthroughs in history.  On July 26th, 1874, the young Alexander Graham Bell sat in the dale here, in a spot he called his "dreaming place", and pondered the quest for a "speaking telegraph".  As he stared down at the Grand River that warm summer day, inspiration struck: Bell grasped the principle on which his most famous invention, the telephone, would work.  On a subsequent visit to his parents here two years later, he mounted one of the three crucial public demonstrations that proved the telephone was a practical form of communication.  Bell's invention would reshape the world.

These momentous events created such affection for this mid-Victorian farm that in 1909 the Bell Telephone Memorial Association purchased the property and deeded it to the Brantford Board of Park Management, for use in perpetuity as a public parkland and memorial of the invention of the telephone in Brantford.  The Bell Homestead, as it quickly came to be known, opened its door to the public for the first time in 1910.

This is a picture of Bell Homestead Museum

For a century, the Homestead has welcomed visitors from far and wide.  As one of Ontario's oldest historic home museums, it has grown significantly in that time, with three restored historic buildings and an eclectic collection of original Bell family artifacts.  Together they tell the story of how a young teacher of the deaf came to invent the telephone.

Special Note - We are very busy with school groups at this time of year, so be sure to call ahead and confirm staff availability for tours.

The museum will be closed during the day on Saturday December 1st and December 8th, as we prepare for our Christmas by Candlelight event from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on those days.  The museum will be closed on Sunday December 2nd and December 9th.

The museum will be closed from December 22nd, 2018 to January 1st, 2019 for the holidays.

Parking Lot Update

Phase 2 of our parking lot update is nearly complete.  Landscaping will be done in 2019.

Some access to the parking lot will be maintained for public use periodically during construction.  For a portion of the construction period, parking will be limited to the drop off area at the Visitor's Centre and street parking.

Your patience and understanding for the duration of construction is much appreciated.

If you have any questions, please contact the City of Brantford Parks and Recreation office, at 519-756-1500.