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Seward House

33 South St., Auburn, NY 13021
315-252-1283
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Ranked #1 of 19 attractions in Auburn
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Newark, Delaware
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

A real surprise. The Seward were an interesting family and they saved everything. For history buffs, decorative arts fans, or architectural students a fascinating house.

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Kingston New York
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107 reviews 107 reviews
34 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

We loved visiting this treasure. In doing so, with the help of our knowledgeable guide, we learned so much about William Seward and his family. It also has a huge book collection...that only researchers have access to. Seward encouraged the Government to purchase Alaska and it was called "Seward's Folly" but the last laugh was on the critics who did... More

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Cape Coral, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

I live in the area and have never stopped until lately. It was as good as any museum and the tour was very informative.

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MsFanny, General Manager at Seward House, responded to this review

We really love to hear that we are also reaching our local community. This is critical to our mission! Thanks so much and I do hop e can will consider becoming a member! More

Finger Lakes Wine Country, New York
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

What a contrast to visit the Seward House after touring the Harriet Tubman Home-Farm several blocks away. Mr Seward sold the farm to Harriet Tubman. Mrs. Seward was very active in the Underground Railroad and the house tour does take one down into the basement when one can see where those traveling would stay until they could continue on their... More

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Cleveland, Ohio
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We were pleasantly surprised how well-maintained and how interesting we found the Seward House. Almost all of the furnishings in the home are original, and the home contains many artifacts relevant to W. H. Seward's illustrious political/historical career as governor of NY and Secretary of State to Abraham Lincoln. Out guide was very well informed and provided a wonderful overview... More

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Syracuse, New York
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31 reviews 31 reviews
19 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

This house encapsulates a lot of major American history and our docent was excellent at explaining it, and the family. A beautiful and well-maintained estate in a small central NY city. Too much to cover, but a one hour tour was packed with history and sights; a fabulous hour, don't miss it.

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MsFanny, Manager at Seward House, responded to this review

Very glad that you enjoyed your visit! More

Montvale, New Jersey
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

This is a must see for history buffs and in particular for Civil War buffs. Don't miss Seward's carriage in the garage; it's priceless. The staff at the Seward House are experts in William Seward's and the Seward Family history. Check their website for special weekend events.

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Superb guided visits on the hour bring the Seward family and it's most brilliant member, wm Seward, to life. Highly recommended. There are stairs and the tour takes about an hour and a half. The house is how the Seward's left it.

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Hampton, VA
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40 reviews 40 reviews
9 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The Seward House is a wonderful way to learn about the man behind "Seward's Folly" and Lincoln's cabinet member. A former governor of New York, the house is filled with memorabilia that helps one learn about the man and his time. The docents are more than willing to answer questions and help the visitor feel immersed in the time period.... More

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MsFanny, General Manager at Seward House, responded to this review

Thanks for your visit and taking the time to leave a response....we aim to please :) More

Dover, New Hampshire
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329 reviews 329 reviews
131 attraction reviews
684 helpful votes 684 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

The interior of this historic home/museum is accessible only by guided tour. Year Round Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Summer Hours - Extended from Memorial Day – Labor Day: Sunday 1:00 – 5:00 PM Admission: Adults – $10.00 AAA/Senior Citizens/Military – $9.00 National Trust Members – $8.00 Students with ID – $5.00 Children under 6 –... More

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