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Address: Route 96A, Geneva, NY
Phone Number: +1 315-789-3848
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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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See how wealthy lived in 19th century America

Through a tour of this old mansion you can get a great feel for how the well-to-do lived in 19th century America.

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 19, 2015
zippo46
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New Hampshire
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95 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

Through a tour of this old mansion you can get a great feel for how the well-to-do lived in 19th century America.

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Geneva, New York
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13 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

My friends and I did the Top to Bottom tour at Rose Hill this past Spring. It was a wonderful tour with a very informative and personable tour guide. In all the years I have lived in Geneva this was my first tour of Rose Hill Mansion and well worth it. The history of the mansion, the rooms and the... More 

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State College, Pennsylvania
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50 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

Looked for things to do other than the wineries and this was a nice change. How do you rate old mansions in a review? I go by the tour guide's knowledge, hours, sticking to the schedule and extras like the tour guide giving more info than you would normally get and her ability to answer questions thoroughly. Nancy...AWSOME JOB! I... More 

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

We are very glad you enjoyed the tour. Nancy is our resident expert on dairy cows and can really help you understand 19th century agriculture. She and all of our guides do try to be informative and good story tellers. We are always happy when visitors appreciate this. Thanks for your review. More 

Toronto, ON
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

Stopped in while in upstate New York for a few days. The house on the outside is in a bit of disrepair, but do not let this stop you from visiting. Our tour person had great knowledge of the building, the owners and its history, which really added to our enjoyment of the visit.

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

We visited this old mansion during our recent road trip vacation around Lake Ontario. The property itself was fairly interesting, but the woman who led the tour made it so entertaining with her knowledge, anecdotes and asides. An enjoyable Sunday afternoon excursion!

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

We love our guides--they really do make the tour for most people. Thank you for your kind review. Anne More 

Ithaca, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

Well it was extremely informing to see how wealthy individuals of the 1800's lived. There was ample parking and the price for the tour was reasonable and the tour lasted just over a hour. Our tour guide was John I believe who was very personable and knowledgeable about the past history of this mansion. The mansion is full of antiques... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

Beautiful mansion exterior with austere interior, nothing ostentatious. Typically early 1800s American home. First tour began at 12 Noon. Have a bigger sign on the highway; it is easy to miss the entrance coming from Geneva. on the other side of the divided roadway.

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

Thank you for the feedback. Yes, it is difficult to see the sign. Unfortunately as we are on a state highway there are fairly strict rules about where we can put signs and what can be approved. We will keep the comments in mind if there is an opportunity to improve the signage. Anne More 

Embrun, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Not my kind of visit. Musty smelling old house. Guide reading from notes. Nothing awe inspiring. Just another old house...

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

I am sorry that you did not enjoy the tour, but thank you for your feedback. The musty smell is a problem in the summer, usually due to humidity. We can't open the windows for security purposes and the trapped air in a house with no residents can be lead to a musty smell. I am surprised to hear the... More 

Waterloo, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Great staff, interesting history to the area. It has areas outside that are a work in progress. The home has many original pieces to the families that lived there. You get wine tasting pass with admission.

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Cranberry Township,PA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

A tour guide explained the history, very interesting. Nice antiques and art. Easy to access and find from your car. Some snacks to purchase to enjoy during your car trip are available.

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