Who We Are

The Oneida Community Mansion House (OCMH) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization with an educational charter from the New York State Board of Regents. It was designated a National Historic Landmark (NHL) in 1965 as part of the National Survey of Historic Sites and Buildings. This is the highest designation of historical significance that can be awarded by the United States government and is reserved for places that are exceptional because of their ability to illustrate U.S. heritage. Today, there are less than 2,600 NHLs in the United States. The mission of the OCMH is to use our historic site and collection to share the story of the Oneida Community—one of the most radical and successful of the 19th century social experiments—to explore pressing social issues that still confront audiences today.


Jonathan C. Pawlika, Chair
Wilber Allen, Vice-Chair

Mark Strong, CPA, Treasurer
James Trevvett, Secretary



Susan Belasco, Ph.D.

Jeff Garner

Tina Wayland-Smith, Esq.

Sarah Wayland-Smith

Ellen Wayland-Smith, Ph.D.



Christine Hall O'Neil, Executive Director
Michael Colmey, Director of Buildings & Grounds

John Raynsford, Director of Finance

​Chelsea Scheuerman, Hospitality Supervisor

To support efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and safeguard the community, the Oneida Community Mansion House is temporarily CLOSED to the public. We look forward to opening Mansion House spaces for all to enjoy when circumstances allow.


In the meantime, look for our online offerings and stay connected via this site, Facebook, Instagram and our email subscriptions.


If you are local, please enjoy OCMH gardens, grounds and trails safely and responsibly obeying all state and local health ordinances.

Museum Open for Self-Guided Tours 

Mon. -  Sat., 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Sun., 12 p.m. -5 p.m.


April - December: Guided Tours Available

Wednesday - Saturday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Sunday at 2 p.m.


Group tours (8 or more) can be scheduled by appointment