The Bell Homestead opened its door to the public for the first time in 1910. For over a century, the Homestead has welcomed visitors from far and wide and the site sees just over 15,000 visitors annually. 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.
The Bell Homestead is 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 sunny 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.
To celebrate Tourism Awareness Week, the Bell Homestead National Historic Site has generously donated two free passes to site. To win this prize pack, social media users must Tweet or post on Facebook a photo or statement about their favourite attraction in Brantford tagging @TourismBrantford using the #BrantfordTourismWeek OR fill out a ballot at the Visitor and Tourism Centre. Ballots will be accepted in person at the Tourism Centre Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Online submissions will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. every evening and draws will be held the next morning.
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