Free Tours Offered During Open House

(Oneida, NY- March 2013) Tour the Oneida Community Mansion House for free on Sunday March 17 from 2 to 4 p.m. during its annual Open House.

Visitors may explore exhibits and tour period rooms at their own pace throughout the 93,000 square foot building and enjoy refreshments in the Lounge.  On exhibit: “John Humphrey Noyes:  Pictured and Described”; “World War II at Oneida Ltd”, an Orientation Exhibit; and “The Braidings of Jessie Catherine Kinsley.”

Period rooms include the Big Hall, described as “an embodiment of our life and faith” by founder John Humphrey Noyes, with its exquisite trompe l’oeil ceiling; the Upper Sitting Room that most defined their idea of home; the Community Library where lifelong education was encouraged and more than 100 newspapers, magazines, and journal subscribed; and the Vestibule and its cabinet of curiosities.   Tour guides stationed in the period rooms are available to answer questions about the Oneida Community and their Mansion House, a National Historic Landmark.

The Oneida Community Mansion House was the home of the 19th century utopian Oneida Community (1848-1880).  Today, the building houses a living museum with permanent and changing exhibitions, residential apartments, overnight lodging, a gift shop, and banquet and meeting space. It is located at 170 Kenwood Ave.

For information call 363-0745 or visit


By martha

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