The 1890 House Museum

The 1890 House Museum – Gambling with Gatsby

Posted by  //  October 28, 2020  //  Arts & Live Music, Local Business, News


Visit The 1890 House Museum this November to try your luck Gambling with Gatsby!

Experience a high-energy night of fun, mystery, and intrigue as you are swept up by the action of the gambling games, the mystique of the Wickwire Mansion, and the glam and roaring authentic 1920’s atmosphere. 

You’ll receive complimentary chips to try your luck at craps, blackjack, roulette, slots, and much more. Your winnings can be exchanged for tickets at our raffle drawing, full of prize packages from local Cortland businesses and nonprofits.

Gambling with Gatsby is sure to be a rip-roaring, lindy-hopping good time. Between the hors d’oeuvres, gambling, and music, there is something for everyone.

Date: November 21st 5pm – 9:30pm   (please note: Incorrect date was printed last edition- correct date is 11/21/20)


$55 single 

$95 a couple 

The 1890 House Museum is a historic mansion located in Cortland, New York. It was built in 1890 for industrialist Chester F. Wickwire and was designed by architect Samuel B. Reed. 

Chester made his fortune by establishing the Wickwire Brothers Company in Cortland, which mass-produced various wire products for rural Americans. Chester Wickwire lived in his home on Tompkins Street with his wife Ardell and sons Charles and Frederic from 1890 until his death in 1910.

The house lay dormant from 1915-1923 until Frederic moved in with his wife Marion, a local poet. Frederic and Marion made extensive renovations to the house, reflecting the elegance and flair of the 1920s. These renovations include the addition of the Fernery, the lincrusta wallpaper on the second and third floors, and the removal of the mantles over the house’s fireplaces. 

The 1890 House Museum is a true historic gem located at the gateway to the Finger Lakes Region. With its unique mix of Victorian and 1920s architecture and furnishings, this mansion is the ideal venue for annual events such as Gambling with Gatsby or our Victorian Teas.

Please reserve your tickets in advance via our website You can also email us at, or call us at either number listed below.

The 1890 House Museum

37 Tompkins Street, Cortland, NY 13045

  1. (607) 756-7551
  2. (864) 561-6388

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