Greater Oneonta Historical Society: The historic Fairchild Mansion will be open to visitors on Wednesday evening August 8
...thanks to a collaboration between the Greater Oneonta Historical Society (GOHS) and Oneonta Lodge 466 of the Free & Accepted Masons. The house was built by David Yager in 1867 and purchased in 1891 by George Fairchild, who enlarged and modernized it. Fairchild (1854-1926) rose from poverty to own the Oneonta Herald, be elected to the US Congress, and become the first chairman of the Board of IBM. His son Sherman (1896-1971), a pioneer and innovator in aerial photography, aviation, and computers, sold the building to the Masonic Lodge in 1927.
Past Master of the Lodge Bruce Van Buren and other Masons will be the guides through the building, which is on the State and National Registers of Historic Places.
Tours of small groups will leave between 7:00 and 8:00 PM. Visitors are to enter at the portico on the west side of the Lodge at 322 Main Street.
The fee is $3 ($2 for GOHS members).
For more information, contact info@OneontaHistory.org or (607) 432-0960.
Written by Greater Oneonta Historical Society executive director Bob Brzozowski - director@OneontaHistory.org, (607) 287-8483