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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 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 www.friendsoflorenzo.org or call 315-655-
3200
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 www.friendsoflorenzo.org or call 315-655-3200.
Tue 10 Dec
GUIDED CHRISTMAS TOURS
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
Thu 12 Dec
LORENZO'S CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION
Thursday, December 12, 2019 until Friday, December 13, 2019 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-3200

Join us for Christmas at Lorenzo as we adorn the Mansion with "A Candy Land Christmas." With support from the Friends of Lorenzo, tis annual holiday celebration will feature refreshments, live music, and sleigh rides (weather permitting).  In addition, on Sunday, ornamental crafts and holiday treats will be featured at Rippleton Schoolhouse.
Christmas Admission Fees: $6 per person; $2 children 12 and under.  For more infomation call 315-655-3200

Sat 14 Dec
LORENZO'S CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION
Saturday, December 14, 2019 until Sunday, December 15, 2019 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-3200

Join us for Christmas at Lorenzo as we adorn the Mansion with "A Candy Land Christmas." With support from the Friends of Lorenzo, tis annual holiday celebration will feature refreshments, live music, and sleigh rides (weather permitting).  In addition, on Sunday, ornamental crafts and holiday treats will be featured at Rippleton Schoolhouse.
Christmas Admission Fees: $6 per person; $2 children 12 and under.  For more infomation 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