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Rose Hill Mansion

Route 96A, Geneva, NY
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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Hong Kong, China
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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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8 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

The tour guide was so excellent and very educational. It's truelly interesting information about history! The mansion is stunning! Worth seeing!

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Berea, OH
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

Very detailed tour of a federal style mansion with lots of original period furishings from the early owners.

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Hamilton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

Worth taking the tour, to learn about the lifestyle of the early families. There is a museum and winery at the same location

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

Thanks so much for the review. Glad you enjoyed your tour. Anne Dealy, Director of Education and Public Information More

Treichlers
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

Our guide was great. She was knowledgeable about the home and grounds. Enjoyed learning about the families that lived in the home.

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Sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013 via mobile

What a wonderful place to visit. Our guide Nancy was most informative. The history of this grand house was interesting as was the furnishings and restoration. Well worth a visit and value for $$

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

So glad you liked it and thank you for the review. Anne Dealy, Director of Education and Public Information More

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