Oneida Community Mansion House
170 Kenwood Ave
Oneida, NY 13421
Organization and Facilities
Using its historic site and collections, the non-profit Oneida Community Mansion House shares the story of the Oneida Community – one of the most radical and successful of the 19th century social experiments – to explore pressing social issues that still confront audiences today.
For 33 years under the leadership of John Humphrey Noyes, the religiously-based Perfectionist Community challenged contemporary social views on property ownership, gender roles, child-rearing practices, monogamous marriage, and work. From their insistence on life-long learning and vigorous health, the abandonment of the self for the good of the whole, they developed a work ethic and well of industriousness so deep it flowed into one of the most impressive manufacturing companies of the 20th century.Succumbing to internal and external pressures, the Community disbanded in 1880 and formed a joint-stock corporation, Oneida Community Ltd. Eventually changing its name to Oneida Ltd., the company achieved world-wide recognition for the tableware it produced in Sherrill, NY. A non-profit organization chartered in 1987 by the New York State Board of Regents oversees this magnificent National Historic Landmark.
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