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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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Seneca Lake vu

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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Brooklyn, New York
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10 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

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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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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31 reviews
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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 13 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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Richfield, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

The guide was very knowledgeable about the mansion. So was the person in their wine tasting room. We left with wine and some of their salad dressings and are enjoying them at home now!

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

So glad you enjoyed the mansion and Billsboro's wine tasting room. Thank you for writing a review too. Anne More 

Mississippi
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Well worth the stop. The tour was really fun and the stories were interesting. It's a great way to take a break from wine tasting.

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

So glad you took the time to stop and enjoyed the experience. More 

Lebanon,Pa.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Beautiful Mansion with a great view of Seneca Lake. The guides are really knowledgeable about the history and family. The rooms are lovingly restored and really show the opulence. Weel worth the time.

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

Our guides are what make the tour worth while. We are glad you thought so too and enjoyed your visit. Anne More 

Clayton, North Carolina
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

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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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 

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