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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 05 Dec
Christmas at Lorenzo: Dreaming of a White Christmas
Monday, December 5, 2016 until Sunday, December 11, 2016 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-3200

Inspired by the beloved Irving Berlin song, "White Christmas," this year's holiday celebration will play upon the winter imagery of crystalized trees, a mantle of snow, frozen lakes and crisp winter skies. Bedecked in holiday finery, and with support from the Friends of Lorenzo, this perennially favorite December program will also feature holiday refreshments and live music; sleigh rides (weather permitting) will be available throughout the weekend, and ornamental crafts and holiday treats will also be featured at the Rippleton Schoolhouse on Sunday. Admission fees: $6 per person; $2 children 12 and under.

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

 

Thu 08 Dec
Christmas by Candlelight at Lorenzo
Thursday, December 8, 2016 until Friday, December 9, 2016 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-3200

Inspired by the beloved Irving Berlin song, "White Christmas," this year's holiday celebration will play upon the winter imagery of crystalized trees, a mantle of snow, frozen lakes and crisp winter skies. Bedecked in holiday finery, and with support from the Friends of Lorenzo, this perennially favorite December program will also feature holiday refreshments and live music; sleigh rides (weather permitting) will be available throughout the weekend, and ornamental crafts and holiday treats will also be featured at the Rippleton Schoolhouse on Sunday.

Admission fees: $6 per person; $2 children 12 and under. For more information, please visit www.LorenzoNY.org or contact Diane Voss at (315) 655-3200, ext. 100.

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • 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