Chiefswood National Historic Site was built between 1853 and 1856. Home to the Johnson family until 1884, Chiefswood was rented to tenants until the death of Evelyn Johnson in 1937 and was then willed by Evelyn to the people of the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory.
Surrounded by the Carolinian Forest, along the banks of the Grand River, Chiefswood National Historic Site (CNHS) is the birthplace and childhood home of renowned Mohawk and English poetess, E. Pauline Johnson. The historic site features identical entrances – the South entrance faces the river to welcome Six Nations community members who arrived by canoe, and the North entrance faces the road to welcome visitors from surrounding communities who arrived by horse-drawn carriage. The two entrances are a living symbol of the shared cultures of the Johnson family.
Chiefswood NHS is a museum managed by Six Nations Tourism, a sub-department of Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation (SNGRDC). Located a short drive from Brantford, Chiefswood National Historic Site is a tourist destination aimed to provide a unique historical and cultural experience for all its visitors.