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Rose Hill Mansion

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Address: Route 96A, Geneva, NY
Phone Number: +1 315-789-3848
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Description: Experience a taste of life on a 19th-century estate when you visit this...
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.
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Fun for those interested in Architecture, History and restorations

I am biased because I used to be a tour guide there. Great place, well restored, and a cool peak at how life sort of was in the late 1800s

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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Clayton, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

I am biased because I used to be a tour guide there. Great place, well restored, and a cool peak at how life sort of was in the late 1800s

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

This is a beautifully restored mansion at the foot of Seneca Lake on gorgeous grounds with a wine tasting room in one of their out buildings. The view from the porch of this magnificent Greek Revival mansion is of Seneca Lake and from the back porch of endless green fields.

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

So glad you enjoyed it. The view IS spectacular! Anne More 

Gloversville, NY
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43 reviews 43 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Joe was our tour guide who knew a lot about the family histories who lived at Rose Hill....very rich perspective of life during those years....

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

We love our guides. They are what make the tours! Anne More 

Livonia, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

The history was fantastic, along with the beauty of the mansion, and the gardens. Great place to visit.

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

Glad you enjoyed it and thanks so much for taking the time to write a review. Anne More 

NEWCASTLE
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20 reviews 20 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Really enjoyed this little the time here. We've been to the area many times and we went looking on Trip Advisor for things to do. Tour started with display info in the gift shop, followed by a short movie to fill us in on the history, then the 1 hour tour. Great value, wonderful tour guide. Well worth the stop,... More 

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Rye, NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

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

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

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 

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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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 

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Address: Address: Route 96A, Geneva, NY
Phone Number: +1 315-789-3848
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Geneva

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