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Lorenzo State Historic Site

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Address
17 Rippleton Road
Cazenovia, NY 13035
Latitude 42.924206
Longitude -75.860619

Situated on one of Central New York's earliest settled communities and majestically overlooking Cazenovia Lake, Lorenzo State Historic Site offers an opportunity to discover the imprint of five generations of the Lincklaen/Ledyard family.

Established in 1807 as the neoclassical home of John Lincklaen, Holland Land Company agent and founder of Cazenovia, Lorenzo was continually occupied by the family until the property was conveyed to New York State in 1968.

Visitors to Lorenzo enjoy guided tours of the Mansion; stroll the Ellen Shipman formal garden and Dark Aisle Arboretum; view the Visitor Center orientation exhibits and a 15-minute introductory video; attend any number of special events on the historic grounds including the "Annual Driving Competition," Symphoria orchestral concert, "Shakespeare on the Lawn," "Fashionable Ladies' Garden Tea" and the "Rippleton Schoolhouse Community Day."  Visitors may also partake in any number of educational and interpretive presentation at the site, snowshoe with LL Bean in the winter, and hike the connective trail through the 87-acre site.

Lorenzo is the jewel of Cazenovia, a village renowned today for its quaint and picturesque landscapes, quiet inns, fine restaurants, cultural attractions and unique shops.

Hours of Operation

  • Historic grounds, including the Ellen Shipman formal garden and the Dark Aisle Arboretum are open year-round, dawn to dusk.
  • 2016 Operating Hours:  5/13/16 - 10/10/16 (10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
    Guided tours of the Mansion, available Wednesdays - Sundays, and Monday holidays beginning 10 a.m. and are offered on the half hour, with the last tour of the day offered at 4 p.m.  The site closes at 4:30 p.m.  The Visitor Center and Gift Shop are also open during these hours.

    The Mansion opens again in December during special holiday hours.

  • Group tours, specialized presentations, educational programs at Rippleton Schoolhouse and research in the archives are available by advance registration only.  For more information please call (315) 655-3200.

Fees & Rates

Historic sites charge a vehicle use fee and/or admittance fee at various times and locations throughout the year. A list of fees is available below. For program fees or to verify information, please contact the site directly.

  • Admission
  • $5 Adults
    $4 Seniors/Students
    Children 12 and under Free
    Group tours (12+ people) $4 per person with pre registration
    School Tours - Please call ahead for options.
Mon 09 May
A Sense of Wine and Place: The Finger Lakes and Beyond
Monday, May 9, 2016 12:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-3200

As Lorenzo continues to celebrate the enjoyment of culinary and viti cultural traditions, Brandon Seager, Chair of the Wine Marketing program at Tompkins College Community College, will share his passion for bringing wine to the masses and his wine-hopping experiences both here in New York State and around the globe.Mr. Seager espouses the belief that it is easier to understand wine at its origin,and that the essence of wine and the context of place are inextricably connected. This free program is made possible by the Friends of Lorenzo and will take place in the Community Room at the Cazenovia Public Library, 100 Albany Street, Cazenovia.

For more information, please visit www.LorenzoNY.org or contact Diane Voss at (315) 655-3200, ext. 100.

Thu 16 Jun
Gala Garden Party
Thursday, June 16, 2016 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-3200

Join The Friends of Lorenzo in celebrating 33 years of support for the restoration and on-going maintenance of the 1914 Ellen Shipman-designed garden at Lorenzo. Recognized as one of Central New York's premier examples of a country estate garden, the formal garden at Lorenzo continues to draw interest and visitors from across the nation. The Gala, an annual favorite in Cazenovia, also offers the opportunity to bid on artwork by some of CNY's outstanding artists and to take a chance on winning a private, catered dinner for eight in the formal garden.

If you are not already a member of The Friends and are interested in receiving an invitation, visit www.LorenzoNY.org or call Diane Voss at (315) 655-3200, ext. 100.

 

Sun 19 Jun
EuroCar Show & Garden Tour
Sunday, June 19, 2016 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-3200

Euro Car 2016 9 AM- 3 PM

European-manufactured automobiles from pre-War to the present including MG, Alfa, BMW, Porsche,Austin-Healey, Fiat, and Triumph will be on display. Music, food and related vendors will also be featured. Sponsored by the MG Car Club of Central New York, admission to the show is free. For more information, visit www.mgcarclub.com/cny.

Garden Tour 1 PM

Beginning at the formal garden gate at 1 PM, a free 20-minute guided tour (weather permitting) highlighting the history of Lorenzo's formal garden will also be offered. For more tour information, please visit www.LorenzoNY.org or call Jackie Roshia at (315) 655-3200, ext. 106.

Thu 30 Jun
Shakespeare on the Lawn: Romeo and Juliet
Thursday, June 30, 2016 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-3200

With support from the Friends of Lorenzo, Red house Arts Center continues the tradition of a free Shakespearian performance on the historic front lawn of the Mansion. This year's edition is a one-hour family-friendly production of the classic "Romeo & Juliet." Six actors, armed with only their costume rack and trunk of props, will perform all the roles in the most famous play of all time. Complete with epic romance, a tragic ending and sword fights, the performance is weather dependent.

For more information, please visit www.LorenzoNY.org or contact Diane Voss at (315) 655-3200, ext. 100. 

Sat 02 Jul
CAVAC Arts and Crafts Show
Saturday, July 2, 2016 until Sunday, July 3, 2016 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-3200

More than 100 artisans are featured on the historic grounds at Lorenzo for this popular annual arts and crafts show and sale. Sponsored by the Cazenovia Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps (CAVAC); admission to the show is free.

For more information,please contact the CAVAC business office at (315) 655-9798.

  AND

Beginning at the formal garden gate at 2 PM each day of the Show, a free 20-minute guided tour (weather permitting) highlighting the history of Lorenzo's formal garden will also be offered. For more tour information, please visit www.LorenzoNY.org or call Jackie Roshia at (315) 655-3200, ext. 106.

 

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Costumed Interpreters
  • Educational Services (Accessible)
  • Gardens
  • Gift Shop (Accessible)
  • Interpretive Signs (Accessible)
  • Museum/Visitors Center (Accessible)
  • Scenic Views (Accessible)
    • Activities
    • Audio-Visual Programs (Accessible)
    • Group Tours
    • Guided Tours
    • Historic House
    • Picnic Area
    • X-Country Skiing