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Seward House Museum

Seward House Museum

33 South St
Auburn NY 13021

Category: Museums & Related Organizations

Description: Seward House Museum, located in Auburn, NY, offers a unique glimpse into the exciting life and times of William H. Seward and his family. Seward played a crucial role in the most decisive issues of the nineteenth century: the Civil War, slavery, American expansion, international relations, and more.

A National Historic Landmark, the elegant Seward House has been restored to its original beauty. The intact collection of political and travel souvenirs, decorative arts and photographs spans William Seward's nearly forty-year political career.

Our Story: One of the most influential men of his times, William Seward (1801-1872) was a New York State Governor, a U.S. Senator, and Secretary of State to Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson. Seward is best known for his negotiations for the Purchase of Alaska, dubbed by critics as "Seward's Folly." He and his family supported abolition and women's rights. The house was a haven for fugitive slaves.
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