VICTOR, N.Y. (AP) — Work has begun on a new art center at a state historic site near Rochester that was home to a large Seneca Indian village centuries ago.
Ground was broken last week for the $10 million, 17,000-square-foot Seneca Art and Culture Center at the Ganondagan (gah NAHN' dah gan) State Historic Site in the Ontario County town of Victor, 15 miles southeast of Rochester.
The center will serve as a year-round interpretive facility that will tell the story of the Seneca and Iroquois culture and history. The building will include gallery space, a theater, gift shop and offices. Private donations are covering most of the cost of the new center, scheduled to open in 2015.
Ganondagan was the site of a thriving Seneca village before it was destroyed in 1687 by the French and their Indian allies.