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Oneida Community Mansion House

The Oneida Community was the most thriving and radical utopian experiment in 19th-century America. As a group of about 300 men, women and children, they made their home in the Oneida Community Mansion House where they shared all of their work, property and love. The Mansion House exists today, much as it always has, with impressive indoor and outdoor spaces as a 93,000 square foot National Historic Landmark. Now a museum offering tours and changing and permanent exhibits, the structure also houses residential apartments, overnight lodging, historic rooms available for event rentals, a farm to fork restaurant, and beautifully kept gardens and grounds.

Guided museum tours or self-guided tours enhanced by audio narration take place in the actual spaces inhabited by this forward-thinking, yet spiritually focused, group. Ahead of their time in terms of the roles of women in the workplace, childrearing and gender relations they were also at the forefront of the industrialization of America as the largest producer of animal traps in North America. Their progressive philosophy is evident in the magnificent structure itself; choices made in the spatial design of the building reflect the organization of the Community. Explore the comfort allowed by their material prosperity and the joy of their rich spiritual life as you visit the site and learn about this amazing and inspiring historic destination.

A stay at the Mansion House includes in-room continental breakfast and a tour. The Oneida Community Mansion House is located at 170 Kenwood Avenue, Oneida, NY 13421 in the Utica, Rome, Oneida ...East of Syracuse NY. ...learn more at website>>

Bed and Breakfasts Brief History
In the colonial period of America, it was common for a traveler to depend on a family's kindness to give up a bed for the night for him to get some much needed rest. Then, with the coming of the railroads, hotels were springing up and the traveler no longer needed to rely on the private family for a bed. But, then came the Great Depression, and tourist and guest homes were a more viable option for the traveler who needed to save money. More and more Americans started traveling to Europe after World War II. In Europe, many of the Americans stayed at Bed and Breakfasts. Talk of the European B&B's reached America and soon B&B's were opening in the United States.

On October 15, 1966, the National Historic Preservation Act was signed into a bill by Lyndon B. Johnson. Its goal was to preserve historical and archaelogical sites in the United States. The National Register of Historic Places, the list of National Historic Landmarks, and the State Historic Preservation Offices all came of with this Act.

Being listed on the National Register qualifies approved properties for grants, loans, and tax incentives. This act inspired Americans to update their current tourist and guest houses into B&B's, and others to think about restoration and opening a B&B. Starting in the 1980's, new B&B's were being opened and the already existing B&B's were being renovated to include private baths for their guests.

In addition, some future innkeepers opt to build their own B&Bs, some in a contemporary style, and some mirroring the styles of the past - increasing the choices for travelers.

Here in New York State, there are many quaint and charming B&B's to choose from. Our B&B's offer the friendly personalized touch of the "home away from home" feeling in beautiful unique homes. The innkeepers/home owners have the personal local knowledge of their areas to help with the enjoyment of one's relaxing stay. So, for those travelers who want a unique stay, a bed and breakfast is the unparalleled choice.

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