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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.
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
Sun 07 Aug
An Afternoon Delight of Songs and Sweets
Sunday, August 7, 2016 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-3200

Redhouse Arts Center will return to the Ellen Shipman formal garden this summer for an intimate, cabaret-style showcase. Hosted by the Friends of Lorenzo, guests will enjoy live performances from the great American songbook and Broadway favorites; a "top hat and boa" reception will cap off this entertaining afternoon experience. 

Pre-registration is required and a fee will be charged; space is limited. For more information, please visit or contact Diane Voss at (315) 655-3200, ext. 100.


Registration: Required
Mon 12 Sep
Sweet Beginnings: A History of Chocolate in America
Monday, September 12, 2016 12:30 PM - 02:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-3200

With support from the MARS American Heritage Historic Chocolate program, representatives from Herkimer Home Historic Site in Little Falls will be on hand to present a chocolate-making demonstration, offer an overview of the discovery and history of chocolate and share little-known facts about the role of chocolate in American culture since Colonial times. 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; an informal, chocolate-inspired reception will follow.

For more information, please visit or contact Jackie Roshia at (315)655-3200, ext. 106.

Sun 25 Sep
Community Day at Rippleton Schoolhouse
Sunday, September 25, 2016 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-3200

With support from The Friends of Lorenzo, the Rippleton Schoolhouse was moved to the grounds of Lorenzo in 1997, and each year, it sets the stage for hundreds of Central New York pupils to attend school in a restored one-room schoolhouse.Beginning in 2002, The Friends have hosted this popular event for "kids of all ages." To enjoy a "return to the past," patrons are invited to partake of 19th century games, live music, fall refreshments, wagon rides, country school activities and more! Admission is free.

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


Sat 15 Oct
Spirits of Cazenovia
Saturday, October 15, 2016 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-3200

The Friends of Lorenzo invite you to join them on a fundraising journey through the Prohibition era. Along with meeting the "spirits" of some of the most fascinating characters of the 1920's, guests will also enjoy free tastings of local, hand-crafted beer, wine, cider and distilled "spirits;" a bootlegging-themed dinner and music of the period will top off the evening. Guests are also encouraged to dress in the "spirit" of the era.

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


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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