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1890 House, Cortland

(4.1/5 based on 25+ reviews on the web)
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This grand limestone mansion, built by successful industrialist Chester F. Wickwire, is a symbol of the grandeur of the Victorian and Gilded ages.

The lavish interiors of the 30-room mansion feature parquet floors, jewel-like stained-glass windows, ornate decorative stenciling, and oak and cherry woodwork.

All proceeds go to the preservation and restoration of the 1890 House Museum. The 1890 House is not for profit, registered charity 501 (c)(3) and is on the national list of historic sites.

Street parking available in front of The Museum. Due to limited driveway space, the driveway is for Staff and Volunteer parking.
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  • 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 exh...  more »
  • 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 bloc...  more »
  • The house is so hot and muggy. Not handicap accessible. Too many offices and not enough museum rooms.  more »
  • I agree with the one comment- The price is a little steep for admission, then again Cortland NY is a college town and not exactly filled with tourism so they need to make sure they obtain enough income to maintain the beautiful property. The staff here is very very knowledgeable and love their building. They are working on restoration over time to re establish this once great house. So far so good :) What is really amazing is that the items within the house are true to the period and most were once original to the house. When the house was up for auction after the owner died alot of locals took alot of the items in auction, but when they found the house was to be a museum, many donated them back :) As far as the one comment of the play being hunted/ haunted .... I believe they mentioned there were not obscure deaths or murders in this house so therefore not haunted. Though the basement is creepy lol.
  • Nice place, some cool local history. Admission is a bit steep, and the house is not completely restored as well as other places you can find, but I would definitely say it was worth it
  • The1890 house is hunted