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Landmark Travels: Auburn in Autumn

October 17

After holding our 2023 Statewide Preservation Conference in Auburn, we knew there was more to explore in this charming, Central NY city. So we have planned a small curated day trip which highlights the history, culture, and great food. 

Located in the heart of the Finger Lakes District, Auburn is the county seat of Cayuga County. As we drive to Auburn, we can admire the beautiful Fall foliage and begin our tour at the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park.

Auburn is also well known for its prison, thus the intriguing moniker – Prison City. And Prison City is where we head to next for lunch. Prison City Brewing, that is! Great atmosphere and wonderful food and beer.

Just outside of town, we will experience an amazing preservation project – the restoration of Opendore, the historic home of William, Hanna, and Isabel Howland. The Howlands were national leaders in the women’s suffrage movement and we will also visit the Howland Stone Store Museum.

Our final stop before dinner will be the impressive Seward House Museum (pictured above), located in the historic home of William Henry Seward and his family. Serving as a New York State Senator, Governor of New York, a U.S. Senator, and as Secretary of State in the Lincoln and Johnson administrations, Seward was one of the foremost politicians of nineteenth century America. 

We will end the day with a farm to table meal at the Restaurant at Elderberry Pond, a Certified Organic Farm.

Tour departs from Rochester at 8:30 am and return by 9:30 pm.

Services included:

  • All admissions, tours, and gratuities
  • Van transportation
  • Lunch and gourmet dinner
  • Larry Francer, Assistant Director, official tour guide and chauffeur

Tour Highlights:

  • Harriet Tubman National Historic Park
  • Prison City Brewing
  • Opendore/Howland Stone Store Museum
  • Seward House Museum
  • Elderberry Pond Farm and Restaurant

Tour Pricing:

$295 per person
(add $40 for non-member)

Reservations & More Info:

Download reservation form here! 

Contact Larry Francer for more information.


October 17
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