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Rose Hill Mansion

Route 96A, Geneva, NY
+1 315-789-3848
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Ranked #3 of 20 Attractions in Geneva
Type: Architectural Buildings
Owner description: Experience a taste of life on a 19th-century estate when you visit this National Historic Landmark. Once a working farm, the house and surrounding... more » Owner description: Experience a taste of life on a 19th-century estate when you visit this National Historic Landmark. Once a working farm, the house and surrounding grounds are now open seasonally for guided tours. Built in 1839, the elegant Greek Revival house was the center of a busy and productive farm by mid-century. Much of the tour focuses on the Swan family, in residence from 1850 to 1890. Through family letters, photographs, and diaries, explore the family's joys and sorrows and their interactions with neighbors and the many workers required to keep the large house and farm in working order. Trained as a merchant, discover how Robert Swan combined business methods of organization with scientific innovations like drain tile to make his farm more productive and profitable. See twenty rooms restored and furnished in the Empire style, popular from the 1820s to 1850s. Enjoy the magnificent view of Seneca Lake from the front porch and the vista of nearby farmlands.Rose Hill Mansion Gift Shop features a selection of locally produced food products, historically themed gifts and hand crafted items. Be sure to visit the tasting room Billsboro Winery operates on site.Open May 1 to October 31. Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm; Sunday, 1-5pm. Closed Mondays. « less
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Rye, NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

This mansion is in a beautiful location on Lake Seneca. We had an excellent guide who added many stories to enrich our understanding of the families who lived in the mansion as well as the history of the area. When you finish your tour, you can go a short distance to a related farmhouse and then drive a bit to... More

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Dundas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Our group enjoyed the mansion tour. The guide was very thorough and interesting to listen to . It makes you think that over the years old homes have many stories to tell about all of the different families that occupied them at different times in history. There were lots of good times and hardships in all of the families lives.... More

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Waterloo, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

Really beautiful!!! Though the grounds are disappointing. NOT very handicap accessible! What a home back in the day!

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RoseHillGeneva, Public Relations Manager at Rose Hill Mansion, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your feedback on the site. I am glad you enjoyed the house and regret that the grounds were disappointing. We do know that the accessibilty of the paths and the slopes could be improved. This is on the list of facilities improvements we would like to make in the future, as finances and staffing allows. More

NYC
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014 via mobile

We were impressed by the one hour tour by the volunteer docent. It is a worthwhile visit if you are in the area and need a break from visiting wineries. However, I would not make a long trip to visit the mansion

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North Chili, NY, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

We happened to visit the Rose Hill Mansion on the day that its 175 year "birthday" was being celebrated. Therefore we were lucky to get a behind the scenes tour from the basement to the cupola (belvedere as the guide called it), places that the public doesn't usually get to see. It was fascinating seeing the structure of a mansion... More

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RoseHillGeneva, Public Relations Manager at Rose Hill Mansion, responded to this review

So glad you enjoyed the visit and came on a day we had a special event. It is nice to peek in the corners and behind the doors! We have one more behind-the-scenes tour coming up on October 4. See our website for details on this special tour. Anne Dealy Director of Education and Public Information More

Port Hope
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

This 150 year old mansion very interesting. Our volunteer guide was very knowledgeable about a house that had lots of history attached to it. President Van Buren visited it as a matter of fact. Original furnishings, wallpaper, photos - great stuff.

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East Aurora, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

We stopped on our way to Ithaca. Beautifully restored home with lots of period furniture. Our guide (Carole) was very knowledgeable and fun. Reasonable ticket price. Also most rooms had a folding chair to sit down which I appreciated with my bad back.

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Edison, New Jersey, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

We were in town for a family wedding and needed something to occupy a few hours and keep the fidgety occupied before the event on a dreary rainy morning. Someone suggested the Rose Hill Mansion, so our whole group went along. Not a wasted trip. Just a few minutes by car from downtown Geneva, the tour lasted about an hour... More

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RoseHillGeneva, Public Relations Manager at Rose Hill Mansion, responded to this review

So glad you enjoyed your tour! More

Annapolis, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I were the only folks on the tour which was wonderful. Our guide was very knowledgeable and responsive to our questions. The building itself was fascinating as was the insight provided by our guide into the life of 150 years ago. Recommended.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

If you are a history and architecture biff, this beautifully situated and elegant museum house is worth a visit and oh, so, close to two great wineries. Lots of period, original furniture and entertaining, well-spoken docents make your tour memorable.

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