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Seward House

Address: 33 South St., Auburn, NY 13021
Phone Number: 315-252-1283
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Ranked #1 of 8 Attractions in Auburn
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: We invite you to visit the Seward House Museum, the historic home of William Henry Seward; New York...
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Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: We invite you to visit the Seward House Museum, the historic home of William Henry Seward; New York State Senator, two time New York State Governor, US Senator, and Secretary of State during the Lincoln and Johnson administrations. Our knowledgeable staff is on-hand to provide guided tours, helping you navigate the many fascinating aspects of this beautifully preserved home. Enjoy masterpieces of American art and special exhibitions in both the historic house and the museum’s gardens.

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Skaneateles, New York
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46 reviews 46 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Because William Henry Seward and his descendents had (and have) such a keen sense of history, virtually everything in the house is as it was when he was alive. (Notable exception: An original painting was removed, but I hope it will be restored to its proper place in the house through legal action brought by the family.) The house stayed... More 

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Camillus, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

The Seward House is a not-to-be missed stop during your next visit to the area. The young man who gave our tour was very knowledgeable about the life of William Seward. This wasn't your typical tour of an old mansion. Yes, there were beautiful furnishings to enjoy but the focus was more on the life of William Seward. Such a... More 

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Syracuse, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

Such a pleasant Sunday afternoon! Saw the ad in the papers and decided to drive out to--YES, My FAVORITE historic home! All decorated for Christmas and they even had many tour guides--one per ROOM, to explain the details of each room and its inhabitants of the past. I learn something new every time I come here. The FREE tours are... More 

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Saint Johnsville, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 via mobile

What a delightful surprise! The Seward house is spectacular. Our tour guide was so knowledgeable and shared so many things I never knew about William Seward. Most people only associate him with Seward's Folly...the purchase of Alaska. But he had a long and storied career and visitors to his home will be surprised by his connection to Lincoln's assassination. This... More 

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Auburn, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

A hidden treasure. Artifacts from four generations of Sewards. Go thru their home home and relive their committment to equal rights and the power of our Union. An emotional tour that takes you thru a very troubled time in our American history. A must see.

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Syracuse, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

The Fingerlakes area of NY is teeming with history and the William Seward a House is one of the main Attractions. I've lived here my entire life, travelled the world but have never visited the Seward House before. The docents are very knowledgeable on the history of this period and if they can't answer your question they will find someone... More 

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Rye, NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

The house is quite large and contains items owned by William Seward, himself, as well as by his descendants. Hearing about these possessions allows visitors to get a better understanding of life in the 19th century, especially in terms of politics and the Civil War. Our excellent guide gave a thorough background to Seward as well as the house and... More 

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Bellefonte, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

It was great learning about the live of William Steward. We did not realized he was also attacked the night Lincoln was killed.

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Wanatah
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

A wonderful museum! Our guide Mitchell was excellent. We arrived 30 minutes before the next tour but took us on our own tour so we didn't have to wait. The home is filled with wonderful items from the Seward family. I'm so glad we stopped. I have a new affection for Seward! We definitely would go back! Thank you Mitchell!

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Harleysville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

We toured this house and learned so much. It was such a cool collection of family heirlooms, even the kids enjoyed it.

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