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Rose Hill Mansion

Route 96A, Geneva, NY
315-789-3848
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Ranked #4 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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Lewiston, Maine
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We made a special point to travel to Rose Hill Mansion. When we arrived it was closed. It was 1 pm and they were supposed to be open. It is in a beautiful location and well maintained, but, we never saw more than the outer part.

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

I am sorry you were unable to tour the house. Did you come on a Monday? We are closed on Mondays and that may have been the problem, otherwise we staff should have been there. Perhaps if you are in the area again you will be able to return. Anne Dealy Director of Education and Public Information More

Burlington
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40 reviews 40 reviews
3 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

House is furnished in period and the guide was very good. Reasonable entrance fee for the 55min tour

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New York City, New York
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8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Our docent, Carole, was well versed, interesting, and ready to address questions. The property is well maintained with some original pieces, and the decor is well researched and authentic to the period portrayed. The historical information is enlightening, and it encompasses more than one family. The gift shop is better than those found in many historic venues, the selection is... More

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

Thank you for your detailed review and we are very glad you enjoyed your visit with Carole--our docents are our best assets! Anne Dealy, Director of Education and Public Information More

Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

If you like local history, this is a great little stop. The personal tour takes just over an hour. Our tour guide is excellent. The house needs some restoration, and I was happy to pay my $7 tour fee to assist.

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

Thank you for your review. Keeping up such a large property is a challenge for a small staff, however, we are in the process of having a condition report done that will help us prioritize the maintainence and restoration work to be done in the future. Please come back in a few years and see how things have changed! Anne... More

Endicott, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

We were surprised to discover Rose Hill Mansion to be much more than we had imagined. What a bargain, for only $6 (senior) we had a docent - guided one hour tour. Our guide was Carole...she was highly informative and had so many interesting facts about the abundance of authentic artifacts in the home. The mansion has multiple rooms, with... More

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

Glad you enjoyed your visit! Thanks so much for your review. Anne Dealy Director of Education and Public Information More

Hong Kong, China
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149 reviews 149 reviews
60 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

An interesting place to stop by if you're in the area and gives a nice glimpse of life in the late 19th Century in Upstate New York

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

Our tour guide, John, really brought us back to what it would be like to live in that time. Very informative. Great wine for sale

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Rising Sun, Maryland
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

We have driven past this place many times over the years and finally decided to take advantage of the free 'Museum Day' sponsored by the Smithsonian held in late September. Wonderful folks are there who love what they do sharing the history of this mansion built in 1837. Excellent tour guide. Great gift shop. The tour will be enjoyed by... More

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new york
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3 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

We stopped in on our way to Senneca lake, The guide, John, was very informative and pleasant. He made us feel that we were back in the 19th century. We toured the house including the original cabin which is a visitors center and houses a Model T and carriage used by the family. The Billsboro winery tasting room is next... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I were the only tourists but our guide was so informative and friendly. I dont know how she remembered everything. Very interesting and the price was right.

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

We love our guides too. So glad you enjoyed the tour! Anne Dealy, Director of Education and Public Information More

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