Oneida Mansion House hosts cemetery tour

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The Oneida Community Mansion House, once home to the 19th century utopian Oneida Community, will have a walking tour of the community cemetery and exploration of past mourning practices at noon Oct. 27.

Staff docent Tracy Walker will lead the tour after a brief talk on how people mourned in the 19th and early 20th centuries and how the Oneida Community understood and practiced death and the afterlife. 

The walking tour will explore ways in which the cemetery reflects community beliefs and reveals changing Oneida Community practices over time. Walker will also share stories about the lives and deaths of notable community members such as Mary Cragin and Tirzah Miller.

Participants should wear comfortable hiking or walking shoes and appropriate clothing for the weather.

Registration is required. The event is free for members, $7 for non-members, and $3 for students ages 8 and older.

The Oneida Community Mansion House was once home to the 19th century utopian Oneida Community from 1848-80. Today, the building houses a museum with permanent and changing exhibitions about the Oneida Community, overnight lodging, and banquet and meeting space.

The Mansion House is a National Historic Landmark and history museum chartered by the New York State Department of Education.

The House is open for visitors Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon until 5 p.m.

Guided tours are provided regularly April-November and by appointment only December-March.

For information or to register, call 315-363-0745 or visit .oneidacommunity.org.

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