Our History

If your home is a reflection of who you are, no better example exists than the Oneida Community Mansion House.  Built in several phases by the utopian Oneida Community (1848-1880), the 93,000 square foot Mansion House testifies to the Community’s core belief of personal and social perfection. In plan and decoration it reflects leading architectural styles of the mid-19th century, and its large scale epitomizes the social practices of the 300-person commune that lived as one family.

For 33 years under the leadership of John Humphrey Noyes, the religiously-based Perfectionist Community challenged contemporary social views on property ownership, gender roles, child-rearing practices, monogamous marriage, and work.  From their insistence on life-long learning and vigorous health, the abandonment of the self for the good of the whole, they developed a work ethic and well of industriousness so deep it flowed into one of the most impressive manufacturing companies of the 20th century.

 

Succumbing to internal and external pressures, the Community disbanded in 1880 and formed a joint-stock corporation, Oneida Community Ltd. Eventually changing its name to Oneida Ltd., the company achieved world-wide recognition for the tableware it produced in Sherrill, NY.

The Oneida Community Mansion House is a National Historic Landmark and 501c3 non-profit organization chartered in 1987 by the New York State Board of Regents.  

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