Tours at 6:00 & 7:00 pm.

Costumed guides take guests around the Seward House grounds and to the gates of Fort Hill Cemetery, sharing chilling tales of Victorian funeral practices, spectral encounters from Seward family lore, grizzly true crime stories, and other spooky accounts drawn from local folklore and history. A batch of new terrifying-yet-true stories of have been added for 2017, so you won’t want to miss the eerie experience!

Tours at 6:00 & 7:00 pm.

Costumed guides take guests around the Seward House grounds and to the gates of Fort Hill Cemetery, sharing chilling tales of Victorian funeral practices, spectral encounters from Seward family lore, grizzly true crime stories, and other spooky accounts drawn from local folklore and history. A batch of new terrifying-yet-true stories of have been added for 2017, so you won’t want to miss the eerie experience!

Tours at 6:00 & 7:00 pm.

Costumed guides take guests around the Seward House grounds and to the gates of Fort Hill Cemetery, sharing chilling tales of Victorian funeral practices, spectral encounters from Seward family lore, grizzly true crime stories, and other spooky accounts drawn from local folklore and history. A batch of new, terrifying-yet-true stories of have been added for 2017, so you won’t want to miss this eerie experience!

In the autumn of 1838 Washington Irving visited Auburn, where he was a guest of the Seward family. The author was also a celebrity, famed for his 1820 short story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” which was fast becoming a popular staple of the All Hallow’s Eve season. In that tradition, children and their parents are invited to get into the Halloween spirit with a dramatic reading of “Sleepy Hollow” by Mr. Seward’s daughter, Fanny.

The scale of death wrought by the Civil War changed the ways Americans grieved for their lost loved ones. The Victorian generation posed for photographs with the dead and kept memento mori, physical mementos from the bodies of the deceased. They also developed a culture of funereal rites that strike the modern observer as dark and morbid.

Back by popular demand! Embrace the changing of the seasons in the crisp air of an outdoor walking tour led by museum staff from the Seward House and the Cayuga Museum. The foliage and the history will both be on full display as guides take you on a winding stroll that features Auburn’s historic South Street residential district and Fort Hill Cemetery.

Join us for a First Friday reception! We will have live music by The Perennials as well as a contemporary art exhibit by Dewey Neild.

As always, guests are invited into the Museum to view the Dining and Drawing rooms, with docents on hand to answer questions and interpret the spaces. Complimentary refreshments will be provided.

This event is free and open to the public.

Whether you are coming for Garden Clean-Up or not, grab a cup of hot coffee and enjoy a brisk fall walk through the Seward House gardens with Director of Education Jeff Ludwig. Jeff will lead a newly-designed walking tour through the historic Seward family grounds, revealing untold stories and describing Mr. Seward’s vision of Romanticism for his sprawling acres. In his commitment to “wild nature,” Seward hoped to create a space of refuge and tranquility, apart from the travails of his political career.  

Learn more about a friendship that reshaped the course of American history. Secretary of State Seward was generally considered “President Lincoln’s right hand,” a trusted adviser and confidant among the administration’s famed “team of rivals." But they also struck up a close and warm friendship. Discover the nature of their relationship on this very special tour experience.

Admission: $12

Bring your lunch and dig in while learning some history in the Seward House Museum gardens. William Seward was an outspoken champion of libraries. He even hand-picked the volumes for the first New York State School Library system, created while Seward served as Governor of New York. In Mr. Seward's hometown of Auburn, no library has loomed larger than Seymour.

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