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 house was recently lived in. Things are meticulously arranged, and well taken care of. Around every corner for me was an "I can't believe they have this", things such as original Matthew Brady portraits, the original of the famous painting of the singing of the emancipation proclamation, a portrait gallery with the items hand numbered by Seward, and my jaw dropping favorite, a desk used in the first continental congress gifted to Seward.
If you are a lover of history, particularly this amazing time in American history, or if you just like to see beautiful art and furnishings, this is the place for you.
I want to go back!
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