The city of Auburn is located approximately 35 miles west of Syracuse, NY and 120 miles east of Buffalo. Located in the heart of the Finger Lakes Region, Auburn is rich in culture, arts and history. The city offers a rich array of museums, historic sites and national landmarks.
Harriet Tubman Home
Harriet Tubman’s life was a monument to courage and determination that continues to stand out in American history. After escaping from slavery, into which she was born, she made thirteen missions to rescue more than 70 slaves using the network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad. She later helped John Brown recruit men for his raid on Harpers Ferry, Va. After the war, she retired to her home in Auburn to care for her aging parents while remaining active in the women’s suffrage movement.
Willard Memorial Chapel
Once part of the Auburn Theological Seminary, an educational facility that produced thousands of pastors and missionaries, the Chapel is an unparalleled example of L.C. Tiffany’s work in various mediums. Included in the interior are 14 opalescent windows, a rose window, a large figure window, nine Mooresque-styled chandeliers, memorial tablets of glass mosaic tile and gilt bronze, furnishings of oak inlaid with metal and glass mosaic, a ceiling with gold leaf stencils and mosaic flooring. Built in 1892-1894, the interior of the Chapel was designed and handcrafted entirely by Tiffany Glass Co., and is the only complete and unaltered Tiffany designed religion interior known to exist in the world.
William H. Seward House
This was the home of William H. Seward, a state senator, governor, U.S. senator, presidential candidate, and then Secretary of State under presidents Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson. Among other notable accomplishments, he negotiated the 1867 purchase of Alaska, once known as “Seward’s Folly” but was ultimately a major triumph of statesmanship. Although he spent many years in Albany and Washington, D.C., he called this house his home from the time of his marriage until his death in 1872.
The Playhouse is nationally recognized for its quality of performance. The Merry-Go-Round Musical Theatre produces a season of six large scale musical performances in the historic carousel building in Emerson Park. In addition, the Youth Theatre offers 10 school productions each year in its curriculum based in-school workshop and performance program. Their consistent talent and dedication has earned Auburn’s professional theatre the nickname “Broadway in the Finger Lakes.”