Phelps Mansion Museum
Opportunities for visitors:
Visitors to the Phelps Mansion can take a haunted tour of the building and hear from docents on many of the stories of haunted happening’s that have occurred - and still do today. Learn about the history of the family and the story behind the mansion, all while taking an hour-long tour of one of Binghamton’s most historic homes. Tours are available by reservation only during regular museum tour days and times by calling 607-722-4873 or booking at www.phelpsmansion.org.
If your paranormal team would like to investigate the mansion (a 3-hour experience), we request a minimum of 10 people at $40 per person. These tours must be scheduled within 2 weeks of the desired date and are subject to the museums schedule of other events.
Days/times of operation:
Tours and paranormal investigations with advance reservation only.
Children 12 and under FREE
Paranormal Investigations $40.00
Phelps Mansion Museum
Please note new procedures that will be effective upon reopening with Phase 4.
Tours of the Phelps Mansion are offered Fridays-Sunday from 11am to 5pm
In accordance with NYS Safety Guidelines during the COVID-19 Pandemic please note the following changes to tour availability.
Museum tours will continue as offered Friday – Sunday from 11am to 5pm
Tours will be offered at the following times:
All tours will need to be booked in advance and paid online through our website or over the phone. Please call 607-722-4873
• All Greeters will wear masks and gloves when interacting with guests
• All docents will wear masks or plastic face shields when conducting tours
• All tours will be limited to no more than 6 guests per tour
• masks will be required for all guests
• Non-Related Guests will be required to practice social distancing during tours
• All docents will ensure social distancing procedures are followed during the tour
• Proper signage will be in place to alert guests of the policies the museum is following
• Elevator usage will be limited to 2 people at a time
The museum will provide masks for docents and visitors who need them and hand sanitizer will be available in select areas.
Visitors to the Phelps Mansion are asked to enter through the ballroom doors which are located down the driveway side of the mansion. (Look for the open flag)
Historic house museum built for Sherman D. Phelps in 1870-72, a local banker & business man. The house was designed by Isaac G. Perry and is furnished primarily as a Victorian house.
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Built in 1870 for Sherman D Phelps. The mansion was one of many in on Court St. The mansion was designed by notable architect Isaac G Perry. Today we serve as a historic house museum and keeping local history alive.
Judge Phelps died on November 13, 1878 of Fells Disease. He was laid in state on the first floor of the mansion, and later buried beside his second wife in the Spring Forest Cemetery. Following his death, Judge Phelps’ sons Robert Sherman and Arthur David lived in the house for a time. Arthur died on October 30, 1880 and Robert died on December 14, 1881. Robert’s widow Harriett “Hattie” Storey Taylor Phelps had lifetime use of the estate and lived in the mansion until her death in 1882.
The estate was passed on to Judge Phelps’ nieces and nephews, none of whom wanted to live in the house. The mansion sat empty for several years being maintained by Andrew Jackson, a freed slave who had served the family as carriage driver for many years.
In 1889 the mansion was sold to George Harry Lester, a local shoe manufacturer. Mr. Lester was in the process of purchasing land near Binghamton to develop Lestershire (now Johnson City) for the purpose of enlarging his factory. Due to financial difficulties, the mansion was sold at an auction. John Stewart Wells, the original contractor, purchased the mansion and rented it to the James Christopher Truman family. They lived in the home until about 1905 when Mr. Truman retired as the postmaster. In 1905 the home was again sold, and this time it was purchased as the new home for the Monday Afternoon Club. The club owned the property until it was transferred to the Phelps Mansion Museum to be operated as a historic house museum.
Visitors to the Phelps Mansion Museum will learn about the history of the Phelps family here in Binghamton as well as the Monday Afternoon Club , a womens civic organization that owned the house from 1905 until 1986 when the organization became known as the Phelps Mansion Foundation. Today we are a NYS historic house museum offering public tours, programming and many special events all year long.
Tour times at 11am, 1230pm. 2pm, and 330pm. Last tour at 3:30 p.m.
Please reserve by calling the museum at 607-722-4873.
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United States historic place
The Phelps Mansion, formerly known as The Monday Afternoon Clubhouse, is a three-story brick and stone mansion located on Court Street in Binghamton, New York. It was built in 1870 as the private home of Sherman D. Phelps. Mr. Phelps was a successful business man, banker, Republican elector for Abraham Lincoln, and mayor of the City of Binghamton. The building was designed by Isaac G. Perry who later became the chief architect for the New York State Capitol building in Albany, New York.
The mansion was purchased in 1905 by the Monday Afternoon Club (a women's civic organization). The club constructed a large ballroom on the back of the mansion in 1905 and continues to hold its weekly meetings there to this day. In 1986 ownership of the mansion was transferred to The Phelps Mansion Foundation.
The Phelps Mansion was charted by the New York State Board of Regents as a museum in 2005.
The Monday Afternoon Club disbanded in 2006 and transferred the ownership of the home and contents to the Phelps Mansion Museum. The Museum remains open and offers a variety of programs and regularly scheduled guided tours. Museum website - www.phelpsmansion.org
Guided tours of the museum are offered Friday to Saturday 11am to 5pm. Last tour at 4:30pm
Visitors are asked to enter through the ballroom doors located down the driveway side of the mansion. (Look for the open flag)
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My head suddenly started spinning and I felt how the earth beneath me began to go somewhere far away. Trying not to get lost in the darkness, I grabbed his hand. His strong but gentle hand reminded me of childhood. I closed my eyes and trusted him. The smell of wildflowers surrounded everything.Haunted History - Phelps Mansion - WSKG
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