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Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park

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Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park

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151 Charlotte St, Canandaigua, NY 14424-1363
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Marilyn M wrote a review Sep 16
Cortland, New York332 contributions106 helpful votes
Maybe we spent more time in the gardens because we felt safer during these Covid 19 times; we went to places in the gardens we'd never visited before. The 2nd floor of the mansion was closed off so this may have also pushed us outdoors. The docent was very welcoming & provided us w/ an expert background to the Thompson family. In spite of the challenges of maintaining the gardens during a drought & restricted Covid protocols, we still found nature's bounty a refreshing & rejuvenating experience at Sonnenberg.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from Sonnenberg M, Events Manager at Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park
Responded 2 days ago
Thanks so very much for your comments about the property and our amazing docents. This year has been especially hard on so many people and we are just so grateful we were able to offer you a respite from the worries of the outside world while you were visiting us.
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John B wrote a review Sep 7
Saratoga Springs, New York88 contributions43 helpful votes
This is a beautiful historic site. COVID restrictions did limit fuller enjoyment of the mansion, and we were too late in the year to enjoy some of the flowers. With a significant financial windfall, Sonnenberg could be restored to its original glory, but it would take a major contribution. With limited resources, they are working hard to maintain the property.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Kara wrote a review Aug 2020
Liverpool, New York1 contribution
Went by myself.My first ever solo date🤣it was a wonderful experience and the gardens were beautiful
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from Sonnenberg M, Events Manager at Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you so much for the lovely words, we appreciate it!
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jeffbarlowny wrote a review Aug 2020
Elmira, New York3 contributions
Beautiful setting but obviously neglected. Could use more volunteers for upkeep. Not a bad way to spend an hour or two but could have been so much better
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from Sonnenberg M, Event Manager at Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park
Responded 2 weeks ago
Jeff, thank you so much for visiting. I believe that every space we visit has it's own story to tell and I thought that maybe it would help to undestand Sonnenberg with some context. Twenty years ago the group managing the Sonnenberg estate was not putting the money into its upkeep. Finances were not handled properly and it was by the graciousness of New York State that took ownership and cleared the debts that allows the park to operate today. Since NYS took ownership in 2006, our nonprofit organization has managed the estate and has raised more than $4 million dollars for restoration projects. Much of the work we have done is not glamorous, like roofs on the Japanese Tea House and Roman Bath, but they were badly needed as this work was not being done by the group managing the estate 20 years ago. We have also gotten to do some things like a complete restoration of the green house's Palm House Conservatory and complete restoration of the mansion veranda that are very noticeable and improve the visitor experiences -- I'm sure you saw them in your visit. And unlike your own home, the 1887 Victorian mansion that we are stewards of, is on the National Registry of Historic Places. We cannot just paint away as we will. We need to raise money for the work that needs to be done and New York State has to approve such work that will be done only by qualified individuals and conservators. None of this work is cheap. For example, we are in the final stages of raising $1 million+ dollars to repair and restore the Rock Garden's water features and that project started in 2020. Hopefully you can visit again and truly join us on our journey to an ever more beautiful and better stewarded Sonnenberg.
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BarbandEd1976 wrote a review Aug 2020
Clifton Park, New York43 contributions6 helpful votes
Lovely gardens, many different areas, well maintained. Lots of shade and areas to sit to take a break from walking. We visited everything in less than 2 hours, but the house was not open the day we were there.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from Sonnenberg M, Event Manager at Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank so you much for your review...our Mansion and other historical buildings are now open and we would love for you to come back and experience them.
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