The 1890 House Museum

Come See What Is New at the 1890 House Museum

Posted by  //  April 27, 2024  //  Local Business

37 Tompkins St, Cortland, NY
(607) 756-7551 

Whether it is a tour of the Museum or an event in the newly renovated carriage house summer is a great time to check us out. 

We are open for tours Thurs-Sunday. Come and see the home of Cortland’s own industrialist Chester Wickwire. Chester built this home for his family; wife Ardell and sons Charles and Fredrick. The Wickwire family lived in this home from 1890-1973. Within these walls two young boys grew up and Fredrick the younger son then raised his own family here. 

The 1890 House is renowned for its Belcher Mosaic Windows, its intricate parquet flooring(which has just been refurbished), and the fact that you can explore 4 floors and the turret while learning about the Wickwire family, life in Victorian times and beyond. The 1890 House also hosts paranormal tours and allows paranormal groups to book the House for their own investigations. 

The 1890 House Museum and Carriage House is also a great place to host your family parties as well as small-medium events. New this year we have a new parlor space on the 3rd floor that may be used for book clubs, tarot readings, and even use for the healing arts. The space can be rented out on its own or as part of a rental of the downstairs Fernery/Sunroom. 

So this summer when you are thinking of a great day trip remember the 1890 House Museum. Cortland has some great places to eat, shop and additional museums like the CNY Living History Museum and Suggett House Museum. 

For more information about House tours or upcoming events: check out our website: We are also on Facebook. For information about hosting an event at the House please contact us by email,, or phone, (607) 756-7551. We hope to see you soon!

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