The Bell Homestead National Historic Site

It was in Brantford, Ontario where a young Alexander Graham Bell began to study the human voice and experiment with sound in a special place he called his “dreaming place.”  This lookout above the Grand River at his parent’s home provided the setting that ultimately led to one of the greatest inventions of all time – the one that would reshape our world for all time – the telephone.

Located high on the bluffs overlooking the Grand River and the town of Brantford, this was the first North American residence for the Bell family, known as “Melville House.” In 1870 this became home for Alexander and his parents and the inspiration for so much of what was to come.

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.

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