Oneida Community Mansion House
170 Kenwood Ave
Oneida, NY 13421
Family portraits, historical photographs in the thousands, a Victorian curio cabinet, period furniture, paintings crafted from silk braidings, books, Community-designed costumes, and ephemera all illustrate the intellectual, cultural, and business life of the Oneida Community.
The Mansion House is the queen of the collection; its interior key to Community activities. Included in self-guided and guided tours are 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 life-long education was encouraged and more than 100 newspapers, magazines, and journals subscribed; and the Vestibule with its cabinet of curiosities.
In the History Room visitors can explore objects from Community life: silk thread and animal traps produced for sale, charming small wooden bureaus made for women to store their keepsakes, original Community china, and early Oneida silverware.
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