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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 in historic Cazenovia, Lorenzo State Historic Site is the 1807 Federal style home of John Lincklaen, Holland Land Company agent and founder of Cazenovia.  Lorenzo was continually occupied by the Lincklaen/Ledyard family until the property and contents were conveyed to New York State in 1968. The imprint of all of Lorenzo's residents, including the enslaved people, servants and many employees required to run the estate, can be found at every turn. 


Visitors to Lorenzo enjoy guided tours of the Mansion furnished with 160 years of original furnishings. Explore the Visitor Center for the history of Cazenovia, building of Lorenzo, an amazing carriage and sleigh display, and to watch an introductory video.  Visit the museum shop which features a unique selection of stationery, historic reproductions, design and history books, reprints, and gift items.   Attend the many special events and presentations on the historic grounds including the annual "Lorenzo Driving Competition," "Rippleton Schoolhouse Community Day" and "Christmas at Lorenzo."


The grounds of Lorenzo are open daily, year-round, dawn until dusk to stroll through the Ellen Shipman designed formal garden and Dark Aisle Arboretum or hike the connective trail through the 87-acre site.

Hours of Operation

  • Guided Mansion Tour Hours: May 20 through October 10; Wednesday through Sunday, and Monday holidays, 10:00AM to 4:30PM, with the last tour beginning at 4:00 PM.  Visitor center and museum shop are open during these hours. 

    Group tours may be scheduled year-round by prior arrangement; please call (315) 655-3200 for availability and information.

    Grounds Hours:  Open daily from dawn to dusk.

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 (Lorenzo not included) 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.

  • Tour Fees
  • Adults, $5
    Seniors, $4
    Students, $4
    Groups of 12 or more with 2-weeks advance notice, $4 per person.
    Children 12 and under are free. 
Fri 26 Aug
Movie on the Lawn
Friday, August 26, 2022
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-3200

The Friends of Lorenzo are please to announce their family fun night and movie on the lawn. Stay tuned to and Facebook for further details! 
Sun 18 Sep
Lorenzo Fine Art Tour
Sunday, September 18, 2022 02:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
Join art historian Elisabeth Genter Montevecchio for a free 45-minute tour highlighting Lorenzo's amazing fine art collection including works by Sandford Gifford, Edward Moran, Jasper Cropsey, Dwight Williams, and 17th century Dutch Masters.
Reservations required, as space is limited.
Call 315-655-3200, ext. 106 or
Admission to the event is free.
Sun 02 Oct
Rippleton Schoolhouse "Community Day"
Sunday, October 2, 2022 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
Since relocating to the Lorenzo grounds in 1997, the Rippleton Schoolhouse has served as a place to "live history." Hundreds of Central New York pupils have attended classes in our restored one-room schoolhouse. 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, horse-drawn wagon rides, fall crafts, and more! 
Admission to the event is free. 
Wed 30 Nov
Friends of Lorenzo Member-Guest Christmas Preview Party
Wednesday, November 30, 2022 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
The Friends of Lorenzo will showcase the bedecked Mansion at their annual Preview Party. This year's theme is "A Snow-Covered Jewel." 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
Tue 06 Dec
Guided Christmas Tours
Tuesday, December 6, 2022 until Sunday, October 9, 2022 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
Traditional tours of the Mansion and decorations will be available. Private group tours of 8 or more may also be scheduled through the end of December by calling (315) 655-3200, ext. 106.
Admission Fees: $6 per person; $2 per child, ages 12 and under. 

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Amenities Information

  • Amenities
  • Gift Shop (Accessible)
  • Picnic Area
  • Snowshoeing/X-Country Skiing
  • Tours
  • Visitor Center (Accessible)