Take an hour or spend a few days visiting Auburn’s historic and cultural sites and you’ll soon see why this small city is called “History’s Hometown.” Auburn is a remarkable hub for key figures and events in American history and culture with outstanding attractions related to the Civil War, Underground Railroad, Black History, art history, women’s rights and much more. Founded in 1793, the City of Auburn was the historical crossroad for famous political figures, significant events, and culture. Today, it serves as a unique window into what shaped and continues to form this country.
See where iconic American heroes Harriet Tubman and William H. Seward lived while helping lead slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad. View outstanding examples of Tiffany glass at the Willard Memorial Chapel, Cayuga Museum of History & Art and Westminster Presbyterian Church. Visit the birthplace of talking films at the Case Research Lab and take in a contemporary art exhibit or quilt show at the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center. A visit to Fort Hill Cemetery is a great way to stretch your legs and take in some of Auburn’s history at the same time. Take a self-guided walking tour of this historic site and active cemetery where notable people such as William H. Seward, Harriet Tubman, Theodore Case and others were laid to rest. Top off your day with a comedy act, play or even a dance performance at Auburn Public Theater. You will not be short of things to see and do and everything is within a 5-mile radius of downtown, Auburn.
A great time to visit Auburn is on the first Friday of every month, when the City’s historical and cultural sites open their doors to visitors with food, entertainment, free admission, and special offers from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
For more information on Auburn’s attractions and events, as well as places to dine, shop and stay, visit www.historyshometown.org or call 800-499-9615.