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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, 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.
Fri 23 Aug
Movie on the Lawn
Friday, August 23, 2019
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-3200

The Friends of Lorenzo are pleased to announce their family fun night and movie on the lawn.  Stay tuned to and the Lorenzo Facebook page for further details!
Sun 15 Sep
Community Day at Rippleton Schoolhouse
Sunday, September 15, 2019 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-3200

Since relocating to the Lorenzo grounds in 1997, the Rippleton Schoolhouse has served as a place to "love history."  Hundreds of Central New York pupils have attended classes in our restored one-room schoolhouse, living a day in the life of a student in the 1800's, even dressing in period costume.  Since 2002, the Friends of Lorenzo have hosted this annual event welcoming "kids of all ages" to participate in period games, enjoy live music, fall refreshments, wagon rides, country school activities and more!
Free Admission.  For more information or call 315-655-3200.
Sat 12 Oct
Black Locust Tree Bicentennial Celebration
Saturday, October 12, 2019
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-3200

The black locust tree, which stands by the back door of Loreno, was planted to commemorate the October 26, 1819 wedding of Jonathan Denise Ledyard, brother-in-law of John Lincklaen, to Jane Strawbridge.  According to family tradition, following their wedding near Philadelphis, PA, the couple brought the tree with them to Lorenzo.  Join us to celebrate the 200the anniversary of the planting of this magnificient tree!  Stay tuned for event time and details at parks,ny,gov or or call 315-655-
Thu 05 Dec
Friends of Lorenzo Member-Guest Preview Party
Thursday, December 5, 2019 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-3200

The Friends of Lorenzo will showcase the bedecked Mansion at their annual Preview Party. This year's theme is "ACandy Land Christmas."  Hosted by the board of the Friends, members and their guests are treated to a special evening of live music and seasonal delights; an admission fee is charged.  If you are not already a member and would like more information, visit or call 315-655-3200.
Tue 10 Dec
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 until Friday, December 13, 2019 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-3200

Traditional tours of the Mansion and decorations will be available.  Group tours of 8 or more may also be scheduled by prior arrangement.
Christmas Admission Fees:  $6 per person; $2 children 12 and under.  For more information please 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