“The Inspiration for this tour was a connection between Seward House Museum and the Richardson-Bates House Museum,” said Justin White, OCHS board trustee. “The Oswego County Historical Society was the first organization to be invited to visit the Seward House in the summer of 1955, a few months before it officially opened to the public. We are calling this bus trip the “Reunion Tour,” it now being 63 years in the making.”
The Seward House was the home of William Henry Seward who was one of most influential political officials in the country during his lifetime. He served as New York State Senator, Governor of New York State and United States Senator. He served as Secretary of State under President Abraham Lincoln and President Andrew Johnson. Seward was also a victim of the assassination conspiracy of President Lincoln in 1865. In 1867 he was responsible for arranging acquisition of the Alaska territory, known as “Seward’s Folly.”
The bus tour will also include a visit to the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park located in Auburn. The remarkable life story of Harriet Tubman is told at her final home and will be a special addition to the itinerary. Tubman was born into slavery and became a legendary part of the underground railroad and during her life was one of the most famous American abolitionists. “Tubman has been credited with rescuing dozens of slaves and risking her life through her own personal missions,” said White, “Seward and Tubman were friends, as he was also a staunch abolitionist. He sold her the property she eventually lived on, which led her to stay and live in Auburn.” The connection between the two historic sites will be a bonus.
The cost of the trip is $55.00 and includes bus rental, admission to the historic sites and a catered lunch. The bus tour is open to the public. Pre-registration with payment to OCHS is required in advance due to limited bus seating by contacting the Richardson-Bates House Museum by phone at 315-343-1342 or by email at [email protected]
The Oswego County Historical Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the rich history of the county. The society maintains and operates the Richardson-Bates House Museum located 135 E. Third St., a historic landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The museum is open to the public Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 1-5 pm, and other days by appointment. For more information call the museum during regular hours at 315-343-1342.