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Local National Landmark: William and Frances Seward House

A bit of local history 

National Landmark: William and Frances Seward House 

33 South Street 

Auburn, New York

(315) 252-1283

Call for hours and tours.
Significance: Home of William and Frances Seward. As Lincoln’s Secretary of State, Seward was Auburn’s most significant political figure. Both William and Frances harbored freedom seekers in this house.

The Seward home was built in 1816-17 in the Federal style, one of the first brick houses in Auburn, by Elijah Miller, Frances Seward’s father. One of the workmen was sixteenyear-old Brigham Young, later a leader of the Mormon Church. In the 1840s, the Sewards enlarged the house, adding a dining room, Italianate tower, and north wing. In 1866-68, they enlarged it again, using designs of architect Edward Tucerkman Potter, adding a south tower, drawing room, and several bedrooms.1

11 Brochure from Seward House. Many thanks to Peter Wisbey and the entire staff of the Sewardhttp://www.co.cayuga.ny.us/history/ugrr/report/PDF/5f.pdf

Posted: Monday, January 21st, 2008 @ 6:37 pm by Lynn
Filed under: Blog Skaneateles,History & Arts


Syracuse New York Salt Museum 
Timbers from an actual 19th century salt warehouse were used to build this museum, which seeks to explain how and why Syracuse got the nickname “The Salt City.” In the mid-1800s, “boiling blocks” were built to boil salt water and evaporate the brine, leaving the salt behind. Syracuse became a national leader in the production of this precious commodity. Visitors can study wooden barrels, kettles, a salt workers “neighborhood” and a full-scale reproduction boiling block.

Onondaga Lake Pkwy, Onondaga Lake Park, Liverpool, NY · 315-453-6712

May-Sep Tue-Sun 1pm-5pm  

Adult $.50, Child (under 15) Free

Posted: Friday, December 14th, 2007 @ 7:01 am by Curt
Filed under: History & Arts



On the corner of North Salina Street in Syracuse, New York stands a fanciful red brick building with a big round tower. From its castle in the midst of the culturally diverse and exciting North Side neighborhood, Open Hand Theater’s International Mask and Puppet Museum provides a doorway into a whole world of mask, and puppetry theater, and the borderless world of the human imagination.

The Open Hand Theater, Inc
518 Prospect Avenue,
Syracuse, New York 13208

Tel: 315-476-0466
FAX: 315-472-2578
Email: Info@openhandtheater.org

Posted: Wednesday, November 28th, 2007 @ 12:36 pm by Curt
Filed under: History & Arts,Kid's Stuff Village


The Merry-Go-Round Playhouse

The Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Inc. is a professional, not-for-profit theatre comprised of two unique creative entities with a combined budget of $2.4 million: The Merry-Go-Round Playhouse Musical Theatre and the Merry-Go-Round Youth Theatre. The Playhouse is funded, in part, by the New York State Council for the Arts, Cayuga County, the City of Auburn, area businesses, local foundations and our patrons. The Merry-Go-Round Playhouse is dedicated to making live theatre an integral part of the lives of the people of New York State.

The Merry-Go-Round Playhouse | 17 William St., 2nd Floor | Auburn, NY 13021 | 315-255-1785 | info@merry-go-round.com

Posted: Saturday, November 24th, 2007 @ 1:51 pm by Curt
Filed under: History & Arts


Auburn, New York

Tour the homes of Harriet Tubman
and William Seward. View a Tiffany
interior at The Willard Memorial Chapel.
Investigate the birthplace of talking films
at Case Research Lab; enjoy changing exhibits
at the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center.

131 Genesee Street
Auburn, NY 13021
Phone Toll-Free: 1-877-343-0002 or 315-258-9820

More here

Posted: Sunday, October 14th, 2007 @ 10:46 am by Curt
Filed under: History & Arts