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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, the "Rippleton Schoolhouse Community Day" and "Christmas at Lorenzo".  Visitors may also partake in any number of educational and interpretive presentation at the site 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.
  • 2019 Operating Hours:  5/10/19 - 10/14/19 (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.  All buildings including the Visitor Center and Gift Shop close at 4:30 p.m.  


    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

Most New York State Parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Fees vary by location and season. A list of entry fees and other park use fees is available below. For fees not listed or to verify information, please contact the park directly.

The easy-to-use Empire Pass card is $80- and your key to all-season enjoyment with unlimited day-use entry at most facilities operated by State Parks and the State Dept. of Environmental Conservation including forests, beaches, trails and more. Purchase online or contact your favorite park for more information. Learn more about our Admission Programs including the Empire Pass.

  • 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.
Sat 06 Jul
44th CAVAC Arts and Crafts Fair
Saturday, July 6, 2019 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-3200

This popular arts and crafts show and sale draws more than 130 artisans and thousands of visitors.  Sponsored by the Cazenovia Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps (CAVAC); admission to the show is free.  For more information, contact the CAVAC business office at 315-655-9798.

Garden Tour:  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 the Lorenzo formal garden will be offered.
Sun 07 Jul
44th CAVAC Arts and Crafts Fair
Sunday, July 7, 2019 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-3200

This popular arts and crafts show and sale draws more than 130 artisans and thousands of visitors.  Sponsored by the Cazenovia Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps (CAVAC); admission to the show is free.  For more information, contact the CAVAC business office at 315-655-9798.

Garden Tour:  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 the Lorenzo formal garden will be offered.
Fri 19 Jul
42nd Lorenzo Driving Competition
Friday, July 19, 2019 until Sunday, July 21, 2019 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-3200

The cultural landscape at Lorenzo will once again set the backdrop for this display of horse and carriage driving skill, dressage, timing and style.  Exhibits, sales, refreshments and demonstrations also offered.  For the second year, the show has been expanded to 3 days. Sponsored by the Lorenzo driving Competition, Inc., admission tot the show is free.  For more information visit www.lorenzodriving@gmail.org
Mon 22 Jul
Lorenzo Kids Camp at Rippleton Schoolhouse
Monday, July 22, 2019 until Friday, July 26, 2019 09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-3200

Embark on a new adventure each day at the Rippleton Schoolhouse.  Every day promises to be a unique opportunity exploring life in the 1800's though art, nature and science.  Open to children ages 7 - 10, $165 per child or $150 for FOL members.  For more information or to register (by June 21, 2019) please call 315-655-3200.  Space is limited
Wed 31 Jul
Taste of Madison County
Wednesday, July 31, 2019 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-3200

Join the Friends of Lorenzo for an evening of sampling great beverages and delicious cuisine from local Madison County restaurants, wineries, distilleries and breweries!  The fundraiser, to beheld on the lawn of Lorenzo, will also include musical entertainment.  Proceeds from the event will support the historic preservation of Lorenzo State Historic Site.
ADMISSION:  $45/person presale ticket or $50/person on the day of the event.

For more information visit: www.friendsoflorenzo.org or call 315-655-3200

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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