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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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Great tour of a historic mansion

I would recommend a tour of Rose Hill Mansion to any history buff or someone who just likes to see how people lived in the in the 1800's. Our guide was wonderful. She brought the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Cohoes, New York
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Cohoes, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I would recommend a tour of Rose Hill Mansion to any history buff or someone who just likes to see how people lived in the in the 1800's. Our guide was wonderful. She brought the mansion to life and made it seem like you were living there as she spoke about the families who lived there, what they ate for... More 

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Fairport, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My husband and I have driven past this mansion a few times and decided to take the tour. It's reasonably priced and tours start every half hour on weekends. I think there were 7 people on our tour so we could always see and hear everything. The guide was knowledgeable, warm and interesting. We got to go into almost every... More 

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

Thanks so much for your comments. Glad you enjoyed your tour and we hope you will visit again some time. Anne More 

Dallas, TX.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Loved this tour. The house is beautiful. The lady doing the tour was so knowledgeable and friendly. The view of the lake is amazing. As a bonus billabong wine has a tasting room on the property. Nice. I recommend the tour.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I noticed The Rose Hill mansion was marked as a"gem" in our AAA book while traveling around the finger lakes. We decided on a last minute whim to visit since we were driving through Geneva. We are so glad we did! It is definitely a diamond in the rough! Our guide, Alice did a wonderful job of... More 

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

Thank you for your kind review. We are glad you enjoyed your time at the house. Anne More 

western NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016

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

I am so glad you enjoyed the food tour. It is a new tour this year and we are glad that foodies loved it! Thank you also for the review and come and visit again for the regular tour. Anne More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2016

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

I am so glad you enjoyed your visit, but do want to clarify for others reading this that it sounds like you visited the Geneva History Museum we operate at 543 South Main Street in Geneva, rather than Rose Hill Mansion on Route 96A. The Geneva Historical Society operates both properties. You can find our museum page here: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g47777-d7288863-Reviews-Geneva_History_Museum-Geneva_Finger_Lakes_New_York.html More 

Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2016 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 

Los Angeles, California
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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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