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The 1890 House Museum

37 Tompkins St, Cortland, NY 13045-2772
+1 607-756-7551
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Great house to see.

Wickwire family was very well respected in Central New York. This house was built by one of the... read more

Reviewed 6 June 2018
edgelea21
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Old Lyme, Connecticut
Old house with charm

The guided tour was fantastic. The guy was very knowledgeable and had you thinking. The house... read more

Reviewed 28 February 2018
pat9doerr11
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Hancock, New York
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Explore 15,000 square feet of four floors within the Wickwire Residence in Downtown Cortland, NY. The grand limestone Chateauesque style mansion, built by industrialist and local philanthropist Chester F Wickwire and designed by architect Samuel Burrage Reed, features parquet floor, jewel-like stained glass windows, oak and cherry woodwork, and ornate decorative stenciling. The 1890 House Museum is part of the Historic District in the City of Cortland and ongoing restoration projects are returning this architectural treasure to its historic splendor. Come visit us and wander through our restored period rooms, view our changing exhibitions, and attend our special programs and events.
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37 Tompkins St, Cortland, NY 13045-2772
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Reviewed 6 June 2018

Wickwire family was very well respected in Central New York. This house was built by one of the brothers that founded Wickwire Brothers factory in Cortland, New York.

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Reviewed 28 February 2018 via mobile

The guided tour was fantastic. The guy was very knowledgeable and had you thinking. The house itself shows lots of great character. You can see how time has faded some of the beautiful work in this house. If you are a history buff or love...More

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Reviewed 18 February 2018

We stopped here on our way to Syracuse. It seemed a little expensive compared to what you got but I still think it was worth it. The back story to the man who had the mansion built was very interesting. We have done tours of...More

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Reviewed 6 October 2017

Reflecting the era in which it was constructed and later renovation about 1920, the mansion reflects a number of decorating styles.

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Reviewed 2 September 2017

We visited this morning. The young man who gave us the scoop and self guided tour book was really friendly and knowledgeable, The craftsmanship is amazing, check out the slate tiles on the roof and turrets. This is one of those buildings that make it...More

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Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

This house is not worth the money to see it. The items in the house were sold at auction so they are not original to the home. The only thing that was nice is the fireplace area and the stain glass. It desperately needs to...More

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Meg H, Manager at The 1890 House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2017

We're sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your experience. When the last owner of the house passed away in 1973, the contents were sold at auction, but several of the objects from that auction have come back to the house, and we continue...More

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Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

Online it mentioned a guided tour at 1230, but when we got there we were given the tour booklet to do at our own pace. It ended up being fine though as the booklet was informative. A couple of the rooms, as well as the...More

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Meg H, Manager at The 1890 House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2017

We're glad to hear you enjoyed the house, Melissa! Our ghosts had the day off ;)

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Reviewed 18 July 2017

The architectural details are both beautiful and interesting. Doorknobs and hinges include designs of the wire screening which made the family wealthy. Like many similar museums more could be done with a large infusion of money, but what is there is impressive. There was no...More

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Meg H, Manager at The 1890 House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2017

We're so glad you enjoyed your visit, EMA595! The wire screening design is one of our favorite parts of the house, too.

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Reviewed 1 March 2017

I feel that this building is not being used to it's full potential. The tour was nice for adults but my kids were a little bored. I think it might be a good idea for the organization to update the exhibits. More modern interactive exhibits...More

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Meg H, Manager at The 1890 House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2017

Thank you for your feedback! We are currently planning updates for our basement exhibition, as well as developing tours for children. Come back and see us!

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Reviewed 20 October 2016

Took a tour of this beautiful building and decided that I'd definitely be staying there during my sons time at Cortland. There is so much history, beautiful grounds and finely decorated rooms and blocks from campus

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Meg H, Museum Coordinator at The 1890 House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 27 October 2016

We are so glad you enjoyed your visit PEACENJOY61! We hope you might visit us again the next time you visit your son and maybe attend one of our events or special tours.

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