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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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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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A wonderful visit for history lovers!

My husband found this historical site on line while planning our trip through central NY. We hoped to be able to join a tour on foods and eating habits in the mid 1800's. We... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My husband found this historical site on line while planning our trip through central NY. We hoped to be able to join a tour on foods and eating habits in the mid 1800's. We arrived an hour before the tour and found the most welcoming staff we have ever encountered and we love historical sites. They squeezed us in the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I recommend starting in the basement, the history of Geneva part. They really did a great job with this museum. It doesn't just cover Geneva history, it covers a lot of the social and economic (and architectural) trends of the US.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Took the tour. Informative and engaging. Certainly worth the money. The house is under remodel but that doesn't distract from overall experience of the visit. Easy to imagine life in a farming committee in the 1830's. Good job by guide. There is a gift shop on site that was nice.

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Toronto, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

This historical place is falling apart and closed to tourists. You can see that it used to be a superb Mansion but it has lost its greatness.

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

I am sorry you were disappointed in your stop at Rose Hill. We are open to visitors May 1 through October 31. We are closed on Mondays and July Fourth so if you came then you would find the house closed. Yes, the house is in need of some repairs, as it is almost 200 years old and in a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016 via mobile

We were staying at a vacation home on Seneca Lake and decided to take a break from boating and wine-tasting. We decided to tour the Rose Hill Mansion after reading the enthusiastic reviews on Trip Advisor. How lucky we were to have made that decision. The mansion very well-restored inside. A wonderful example of Grecian Neo-Classical architecture. Our guide, Nancy,... More 

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

We are so glad you enjoyed your tour with Nancy. She is an amazing guide! More 

Syracuse, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

It's been a while, but we really enjoyed our guided tour of this old 'home' in this lovely area. Price is right too (senior discount available if you ask).

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016 via mobile

For 7 dollars an adult you get to tour this beautiful home. You get to see early 19th century furniture along with some reproductions! We brought our 7 month old who handled the hour long tour just fine!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016 via mobile

This historic house museum is well done with good docents. Very interesting story behind the house and its owners, particularly in the transition from the era of slavery to emancipation. Perhaps not ideal for really young children but our six year old girl enjoyed it and the docent did well to accommodate and hold her interest.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2016 via mobile

Rose Hill is an unexpected treat. While there are many lovely historic homes in the Finger Lakes, Rose Hill along with Hyde Hall sit at the top of the heap. Along with Melrose in Natchez, Rose Hill also happens to be one of the great monumental Greek Revival houses in the east. The proportions of the house and it's rooms... More 

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

Thanks you so much for your positive review. We are glad you enjoyed your visit and our region's architecture. More 

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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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