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- Built in 1816 on 4 acres by Elijah Miller, whose daughter Seward would marry in 1824, and enlarged in 1846 and 1865, this magnificent property now rests in a park like setting on 2 acres near the center of town. Seward was a brilliant strategist, maybe the foremost politician of the 19th century and invaluable to Presidents Lincoln and Johnson. Seward's purchase of Alaska for $7.2 million from Russia in 1867, though called "Seward's Folly" by some, proved within a generation to be a stroke of genius. He was a New York state senator, 2 term Governor of New York, U.S. senator and Secretary of State under Lincoln and Johnson.
The fact that nearly everything in the house is original is unique, due to William Seward III bequeathing the estate to the Emerson Foundation after his death in 1951 to honor his father and grandfather. In 1955 the house and museum were opened to the public.
The house expansions inside are quite noticeable with gorgeous dining, drawing, and parlor rooms as well as a beautiful staircase and impressive library. A world traveler, Seward has a incredible collection of items and acquaintances from various dignitaries during his lifetime hanging on the walls upstairs.
In the remaining 2 acres there is a carriage house, gardens, statues, fountains and many mature trees. Our guide Joann was fantastic, full of information, answering all of our questions, had a great sense of humor and gave us some local insight. It was like a private tour with just my wife and I and it lasted over an hour. The property can also be rented out. They have a small parking area at the mansion, but offer free 2 hour parking a block away in a parking garage. Visit this house.Written April 9, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Even though the house isn't accessible right now, it was a really worthwhile and well done tour. Our tour guide, Paul was excellent! He shared a lot of facts and interesting info on Harriet and her life. He has quite a stage presence and really engages the listener. The tour started with a talk in the Visitor Center, and then we walked around the property and learned even more.Written August 9, 2022
- Willard Memorial Chapel is a gem that we’ve wanted to see for some time. It is the only known Tiffany church in its original condition. It can only be viewed with a guided tour and it well worth the time. Ed, our docent, was very knowledgeable and passionate about both The Chapel and Tiffany’s work.Written September 10, 2021
- Love visiting old, historic cemeteries, and this one was well worth the stop. Well maintained, easy to get around (although some steeps hills to navigate!). Spent about an hour here paying our respects to various folks buried here.Written March 13, 2022
- This beautiful building was once a private home, but now you can learn a little about a variety of topics. There are displays about early medicine since the head of the family, Dr. Willard was a doctor. Other displays are more contemporary and reflect on major occurrences in US history such as the shootings of JFK, MLK, 911 and the Challenger disaster. There are a few other major events and it seemed a bit like a timeline. We preferred learning about Auburn, the region and most of all our guided tour of the Theodore Case sound lab where he developed the technology of sound on film! My teens especially enjoyed this part! Don’t forget to admire the huge Ginko tree out back.Written July 29, 2021
- We had a picnic on a lovely day on the lake. Very peaceful with nice shaded picnic tables there are benches around the lake.Written July 25, 2022
- If you are within driving distance of Sheps you need to stop here. Not only is Garret, the owner friendly and down to earth, so are his beers. Every beer I had in my flight was totally full of flavor and delicious. I found out that he had made his homemade chili and lentil soup that day. I definitely wanted some of that as the beer was so excellent I figured his food would be too. The hardest part was deciding between the two. Since no one ever makes lentil and ham soup, I opted for that. It was better than any restaurant I have ever visited. Garret is definitely being totally mindful of cleanliness and spacing with Covid 19 still around us. The place is absolutely spotless, in fact, it looked like you could eat off the floor. There is seating out front if you would rather do that. I cannot recommend this brewery enough. I would love to give it 10 stars.Written November 29, 2020
- Having this park and baseball in Auburn is important. This is a real family friendly space that is affordable.
The Doubledays is a collegiate summer baseball team. "Abner" is the team mascot as is "Falcon". Kid and adults can get a photo with the mascots, for free!
The park offers reserved seating (plastic) closer to the field and bleachers under cover of not. Some of the bleacher banks have backs. All bleachers are aluminum.
There are concession stands with the typical ballpark foods and beer.
Lots of between inning activities for young and old and of course, music.
Take in a game if you are in town or come to town for one.
Tickets can be purchased ahead online or at the gate. Free parking is across from the park.Written August 1, 2022
- We enjoyed the art museum! Got combined tickets w/ Cayuga Museum next door. It was pleasantly surprising to see such a nice art facility in a small town. The Made in NY annual show featured paintings, photographs and other pieces from artists from all over New York State. Hundreds of entries were received. The entries the jurors selected were visually appealing and often thought provoking. The paintings by Ithaca NY artist, Terry Plater, were inspired by Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. We thought they were wonderful! We didn’t make it to the to the quilt show, but I hope to go back. When I watched the evening news on WSTM / CNY Central after our visit, this story appeared: Your Town Auburn: Schweinfurth Art Center reopens for in-person classes. If you do a search you may be able to watch the news segment which tells about the Schweinfurth Center’s reputation for quilt shows and the art classes they offer.Written July 29, 2021
- So much to see! Really give the visitors an idea of what live was like 100-150 years ago. The museum is much bigger than it appears, the guide said it was about 18,000 sq feet. Aand there’s some for all ages to see. Some hands on things for kids. And best of all it’s FREE admission and free parking. They appreciate donations, which we were glad to donate after enjoying it so much.Written November 8, 2021
- We’re in the area looking for a winery close by. Read a lot of excellent reviews about CJS Winery. I said to my family that we should try it. We’re so glad we visited this winery. Chris our host and owner of the winery is very knowledgeable, very accommodating and really very nice. He also gave us oyster crackers, very good fresh harvest grapes from his vineyard and some chocolates for free to go with our wine tasting. He thanked us being a frontliner during this pandemic and did not charge us for the wine tasting and gave us a free wine on top of the 6 we bought as a thank you for all the hard work and dedication we all did during the pandemic. We visited 4 wineries during this visit and Chris by far and his winery is the best. We highly recommend this small private winery. You get extra attention.Written September 6, 2020
- Fantastic! We brought friends from Connecticut on a tour of Auburn’s Historic highlights and the ERHC was a big hit. Inside and out, such a gem. We were greet by a gracious, knowledgeable young woman. The statue of Harriet Tubman was stunning.Written July 8, 2022
- I love this theater. Large, clean and the people were nice. The movie was awesome! Great seats, great sound and the concession stand was pretty good too.Written June 25, 2018
- This church hosts some concert I have attended. The church is highly decorated. Seats have padding.
There are public restrooms.
On-the-street parking is available just outside and nearby.
Usually has some religious displays with usual commentary.Written November 16, 2021
- This is a good place to get out and enjoy a change of scene without having to go too far. Aside from inconsiderate people with leaving dog poo its a fun walk.Written January 23, 2018
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