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Address: 170 Kenwood Avenue, Oneida, NY
Phone Number: 315-363-0745
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This large building was home to the 19th century Oneia utopian community.

This large building was home to the 19th century Oneia utopian community.

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Crazy Cool History of the most successful Utopia

A great little simple history museum in the form of a mansion with apartments and libraries, gathering spaces, apartments, and exhibits. The Oneida Community was an odd utopian... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 30, 2015
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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90 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

A great little simple history museum in the form of a mansion with apartments and libraries, gathering spaces, apartments, and exhibits. The Oneida Community was an odd utopian free love based society focused on socialist like beliefs (all for the greater good) A really odd and interesting history as the foundation for Oneida Limited Silverware.

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Marlboro Vermont
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

The room was just "eh" and smelled of stale air. Was comfortable and clean (though stuffy air). Very outdated, but not in a historical way; in a 1970s way (but not interesting retro; just horribly out of date, with old-school tube-tv that buzzed).

Thank SeeVermont
New York City, New York
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138 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

You want atmosphere and a memorable stay? This is it. Once a private society for sexual experimentation and perfectionism, it's 95000 sq feet have since become a stellar bed and breakfast. Run by a wonderful staff and management, the rooms are unique, the facility clean and atmospheric and lots office amenities. Friendly, homespun and dripping with history. Fresh food items... More 

1 Thank Ian S
Webster Springs, West Virginia
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Interesting history of the Oneida Community and its contributions to industry and society as this group sought perfection. The accommodations were elegant and spacious with an extensive library, museum, and golf privileges at the Oneida golf course.

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New York
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37 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We took the self-guided tour, which included seven rooms from the first community house and the orientation room. If you know nothing about John Noyes and/or the Oneida Community, definitely start in the orientation room. It explains the reason why it grew and turned into Oneida LTD. The craft work is quite beautiful, and the furnishings help create the feel... More 

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Oneida, New York
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

John Humphrey Noyes was the founder of one of the most successful Utopian settlements. Women and men were educated and worked side by side. While their selective breeding experiments scandalized the surrounding communities, their business success and forward thinking in terms of gender equality can not be faulted. The tour can be fantastic -- some of it varies according to... More 

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Halifax, Canada
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

This is a glorious place! Let me confess my bias: I think John Humphrey Noyes is one of the real heroes of 19th C. American history. Sort of a Victorian hippie-- definitely Victorian, but with an amazing attitude towards gender equity. We arrived too late in the day for one of the organized tours-- and these are not available every... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

The Mansion House is a fascinating historical site. The rooms are actually quite nice and up to date, but the reason to stay there is the opportunity that provides you to explore and learn about the Oneida Community. No place like it.

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Sherrill, New York
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23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

I've visited the Oneida Community Mansion House museum twice now, most recently in August 2014. It certainly has an interesting history that encompasses everything from a utopian society to innovative manufacturing and labor practices. Roaming the antique rooms you can imagine what it may have been like to live there during the community's heyday, and the exhibits are professionally done... More 

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Buffalo, New York
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104 reviews
84 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

It's easier than you think to stay in a National Historic Landmark. It's not too expensive either. The landmark in question is the Oneida Community Mansion House, located between Syracuse and Utica. It's just down the street from Turning Stone Casino in Verona, if that helps. Back in 1848, John Noyes founded the Oneida Community. A few hundred people lived... More 

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