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Seward House

33 South St., Auburn, NY 13021
315-252-1283
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Ranked #1 of 17 attractions in Auburn
Type: Historic Sites
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,... more » 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. « less
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Liverpool, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed the visit and certainly learned much more about William Seward than we could imagine. Our guide, John, was extremely knowledgeable and friendly and willingly answered all questions. We were especially impressed with the stories about the night of Lincoln's assassination and the books in the libraries!

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Auburn
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

This is a must see, a real hidden gem. I could visit this over and over again. I am amazed at all the things that the Seward family kept. I am glad they did because they are there for all of us to enjoy. Seward was secretary of state to Pres. Lincoln and also the man behind the purchase of... More

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Auburn, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Definitely worth the stop to see this treasure much the same as it was when occupied by William Seward (Abraham Lincoln's Secretary of State who brilliantly pushed for the purchase of Alaska). The house is furnished with many originals and is in great shape for its age. Willis Davis, Auburn, NY

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Holland Patent, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

We toured the Seward House. What a gem. The tour guide, Andy, was very knowledgeable and the house is lovely. Well worth checking out!

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Auburn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

The Seward House is astounding. It has been left as if the family just made everything shipshape, boarded their carriage and left it the way it was. This is one, if not THE, great house museums.

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Syracuse, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

My husband and I visited the home of William H. Seward, who was best known as the Secretary of State under Abraham Lincoln. This beautiful home was turned over as a historic site from a Seward family descendent in 1951 and so many of the furnishings were original to the Millers (his wife's family) and Seward's. Admission is $8 for... More

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Slingerlands, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

Seward has undergone renewed interest lately, first with the publication of "Team of Rivals", and following that the movie "Lincoln" which was based on that book. Seward played a major role in mid 19th century politics, the civil war, emancipation, and despite this he is best known as the purchaser of Alaska. As someone else said, it looks like the... More

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Syracuse, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

Holiday decorations very nicely done by local florists and re-enactors with Seward family Holiday stories add to the charm of this gem of a house museum. Certainly worth visiting but this tour is short and previous and/or return visits are recommended. The house was kept in the same family for well over a century and that allowed the contents to... More

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Moravia, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

Seward House is the home of William Henry Seward who was governor of New York State, Secretary of State for Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson. He was responsible for the purchase of Alaska for the United States. The house is a marvelously maintained example of 19th century living by the wealthy and famous. The home was beautifully decorated for the... More

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Auburn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

The Seward House was the home of one of the most important political, social and philanthropic figures of the United States. Seward worked toward social justice by making better housing for blacks, helping escapees on the Underground Railroad (along with associate, Harriet Tubman), an confidant of Abraham Lincoln in who was also wounded in the murderous attack on Lincoln and... More

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