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Lorenzo State Historic Site

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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.
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 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.


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 or call Jackie Roshia at (315) 655-3200, ext. 106.


Fri 08 Jul
Symphoria at Lorenzo
Friday, July 8, 2016 08:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-3200

With support from the Friends of Lorenzo, Symphoria invites you to enjoy a free,open-air symphonic concert on the historic front lawn of Lorenzo. Continuing the long-standing tradition of free orchestral performances at Lorenzo, Symphoria is proud to schedule this year's signature summer concert in Cazenovia. Bring your own seating; picnic dinners available by pre-order.

For more information about the event or how to support this special evening at a pre-concert fundraising dinner in the Ellen Shipman garden, please visit or call Diane Voss at (315) 655-3200, ext. 100

Sat 16 Jul
40th Annual Lorenzo Driving Competition
Saturday, July 16, 2016 until Sunday, July 17, 2016 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-3200

In celebration of four decades of outstanding pleasure driving exhibition, the cultural landscape at Lorenzo will once again set the backdrop for the display of horse and carriage skill, timing and style; exhibits, sales, refreshments, and demonstrations also offered. Sponsored by the Lorenzo Driving Competition,Inc., admission to the show is free.

For more information, please visit or contact co-managers Tim Williams ( Lisa Shotzberger (


Mon 25 Jul
Schoolhouse Summer Day Camp: Portals to the Past
Monday, July 25, 2016 until Friday, July 29, 2016 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-3200

For the 12th year running, come ready to enjoy a fun-filled, hands-on step back in history! With the c. 1814 Schoolhouse, Federal-style Mansion and the historic grounds of Lorenzo as the backdrop, the Friends of Lorenzo once again invite inquisitive boys and girls (ages 8-12) to study life in the 19th century and explore the worlds of science, art and nature.

Coordinated by Pat Hill, pre-registration is required as space is limited. For fees and more information, visit or call Diane Voss at(315) 655-3200, ext. 100

Registration: Required

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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