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Try their specialized tours offered throughout the year. The docents are knowledgeable and friendly. The Oneida Community was a fascinating group during a fascinating period in history. A visit here is well worth the time
We stayed in one of the B&B rooms in the 98,000 sq ft mansion and had a tour the following day. The community supported itself by making silk thread, metal work such as animal traps and eventually the Oneida silverware. The beliefs of this group...More
We greatly enjoyed our tour, which include fascinating details about life in the Oneida community, including business operations, beliefs, and living conditions. It was informative, beautiful location, and altogether a worthwhile visit. Very inexpensive to visit.
My husband and I signed up for a 90 minute tour of the Oneida Community Mansion House. We ended up getting a near-private tour (just one other couple) that lasted for over 3 hours - an incredible value for the $5 each that it cost...More
We stayed overnight in one of the mansion’s b&b rooms. Just pulling up to the front entrance was a jaw-dropping experience. Our room was comfortable and awesome with 15ft ceilings, tall windows looking out onto the manicured grounds, a huge bathroom and elegant furniture. It...More
My husband and I were delighted to stop here while making our way through New York and only regret that we could not stay longer! Not only was the Mansion House kept in beautiful condition, but the tour we received from Benjamin was wonderfully led,...More
I studied the Oneida Utopian community (active 1848 to 1880) at various points in my education. Today I explored its "Mansion House" and grounds which housed its about 300 members and activities.
The Oneida Community had very high regard for life-long learning👍, were abolitionists👍, and...More
Excellent way to spend a rainy day! So much history and beauty. Would have loved a docent led tour, but still very informative. We spoke with Benjamin (Director of Marketing, I believe) after the tour and he answered many more of our questions. Would highly...More
If you are looking for a little something different, this tour is very interesting and gives you a glimpse into an alternate lifestyle and a lot of history. The guided tour by Joe Valesky flew by because Joe had many intriguing stories to share. Well...More
American history is rife with unusual happenings. Some of them are known, but often fade quickly from memory. Others, for one reason or another, are not covered in history classrooms the way they should be, if they are even covered at all. A perfect example...More
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The other answer-- no, it's not haunted, but the mansion house provides a fascinating glimpse into a very different way of life-- is completely accurate. J.H. Noyes was hopelessly paternalistic by any but the most antiquated... More
The other answer-- no, it's not haunted, but the mansion house provides a fascinating glimpse into a very different way of life-- is completely accurate. J.H. Noyes was hopelessly paternalistic by any but the most antiquated of standards, and the community as an alternate way of living ended because the young women realized that dominant male selfishness had long replaced youthful views of gender equity, but the community began as a very interesting social experiment for its times, one which, unlike so many utopian communities, morphed into a prosperous commercial enterprise able to generate the wealth needed to preserve its heritage. So, the only "haunting" is the realization that, even way back then, people were able to imagine other ways to live in community.