This 1807 German Palatine Vernacular house museum is Oneonta's oldest remaining structure. It was built by Lawrence Swart, a Revolutionary War Veteran from Schoharie County who purchased 3 sections of the Wallace Patent after the war. Renovated to the 1870-1900 Victorian era, the house reflects life in Oneonta when Henry & Phoebe Wilcox lived here with their family. This was a time of great change and growth, as after the railroad and the colleges came, the village of Oneonta grew from a sleepy village into a bustling city. The house is on the Historic Register and was awarded a historic preservation award by the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation.
Created as the focal point of the 4th-grade local history curriculum, it has become a community resource for those interested in the local area and its history. The annual Summer Sunday Series of programs highlights a variety of topics.
Check out our website for more details and the event schedul for The Summer Sunday Series that occur select Sundays from 1 to 3pm.
Bring your own lawn chair and don't forget your face mask. We are practicing social distancing.
The SW House Museum is handicapped accessible, and these programs are FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
Be sure to check the Calendar of Events for YOUR travel dates!
We strongly advise that you check business websites or call ahead for the most up-to-date information on possible limited hours and whether reservations are necessary or not.
July - August: Sunday only 1pm-3pm, May 15 - November 15 most days, by appointment only. Call ahead.
Oneonta, situated just south of Cooperstown in the Susquehanna Valley, is known as the "City of the Hills" and home to the State University College at Oneonta and Hartwick College. Oneonta's quaint Main Street is filled with cafes and boutiques; just a short drive across the river, you'll find national retailers, more dining and family-fun activities.