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We've been talking about visiting here for years--finally made it yesterday. This was well worth the $5 admission. It was certainly an interesting community--and what they accomplished even after disbanding! Some really lovely rooms and intriguing history and the special braiding exhibit was amazing!
We did a self-guided tour so we read all the info posted in the different rooms. Because we also stayed overnight, we got to experience 'living' in the past.
Interesting story about the Oneida Community. The museum part is well laid out and thought-provoking. Grounds...More
The Oneida community was an attempt to develop a utopian community, 1848-1870. The museum part presents an excellent story of that community and what it did and did not manage to do. It offers a few rooms for overnight lodging, a library and can be...More
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We arrived late for the guided tour (no signage - mansion a little hard to find) but the attendant was happy to give us a private tour! She was very knowledgeable and interesting. The Oneida Community was a religious society with some fascinating "doctrines" such...More
The Oneida Community Mansion House offers visitors a unique opportunity to stay at a museum/historical landmark. The Oneida Community was a 19th Century Utopian Christian experiment that preached the idea that human beings could be perfect before God on Earth. Progressive even by today's standards,...More
The Oneida Community Mansion house makes for an interesting change to your hoilday. Step back into history in the mansion house which once served as home to an early religious based "Perectionist community". The immense home has only a few rooms available for tourists; all...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.