Official Bell Homestead NHS Website, City of Brantford

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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 - The Bell Homestead NHS will be closed on Friday, November 10th.

Parking Lot Update

The first phase of reconstruction of the Bell Homestead National Historic Site Parking Lot is scheduled to begin mid October.

The work generally includes reconstruction of the lot including a new asphalt surface, concrete curb and sidewalk, storm sewers and landscaping.  It is anticipated that the majority of construction will be completed over eight (8) weeks.

Some access to the parking lot will be maintained for public use periodically during construction.  For the majority of the construction period, parking will be limited to the drop off area at the Visitor's Centre and street parking. Some storm sewer work will also be required on Tutela Heights Road, which will reduce traffic to one (1) lane around the construction activity.  Please be aware of increased truck traffic that will be present on Tutela Heights Road during construction.

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.