Bell Homestead National Historic Site 

A picture of the Bell Homestead National Historic Site

When Professor Alexander Melville Bell and his family arrived in Canada in August of 1870, their minds were not set on settling in Brantford. However, a brief stay with friends in Paris, introduced the Bells to an area that they would call home for eleven years. The Brantford Expositor of August 12th, 1870 welcomed the family to the community.

"Welcome. We are pleased to welcome to our town and neighbourhood, A. Melville Bell Esq., professor of elocution of University College, London, England. We understand he has purchased from Mr. Robert Morton, a property containing ten acres of land and complete house and good orchard, beautifully situated on the Mount Pleasant Road some two miles from Brantford."

Located high on the bluffs overlooking the Grand River and the town of Brantford, the Bell's first North American residence - known to them as "Melville House" - would provide the stage for the invention of the telephone. Here, July 26th, 1874, Alexander Graham Bell changed the realm of communications forever.

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.   

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