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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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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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3 attraction reviews
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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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Very knowledgeable staff and interesting tour. Well maintained and very clean. Good value for the admission price.

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Rochester, NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We toured here before the event we were going to. It took about 1 hour and the guide was very knowledgeable and was open to questions. We enjoy seeing historical sites, and this one is very well preserved, and a reasonable price to go through.

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Liverpool, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We arrived at the mansion expecting to go on the scheduled 10:30 tour, but were told that a bus had just pulled in, so we should come back at 11:30. We found other things to do in the area and went back just before 11:30 to find that we missed a video that all the others in our tour group... More

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

I am so sorry that you were disappointed in your visit to Rose Hill. Unfortunately, group tours although reserved, do sometimes interfere with regular visitation to the mansion. We try to avoid this, but due to our limited staffing we cannot always accommodate large groups and the public at the same time. The video shown to bus tour groups is... More

Plainview, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Rose Hill was a time-filler (about 1 1/2 hours) for us on a misty morning before a planned wine-tasting tour. Having visited many historical homes in the US & throughout the world, we didn't have particularly high expectations. However, our opinion rapidly changed. Our docent, John, was knowledgeable and charming - the time flew by as we toured this stately... More

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