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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 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. 
Sat 21 May
Preserving African American Foodways
Saturday, May 21, 2022 01:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-3200

Lavada Nahon is the Interpreter of African American History for the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation. She has a wealth of experience interpreting the lives of free and enslaved African Americans across the mid-Atlantic region, with an emphasis on the work of enslaved cooks in the homes of the elite class. 
Admission to the event is free. 
Thu 16 Jun
Friends of Lorenzo Garden Gala
Thursday, June 16, 2022 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-3200

Join the Friends of Lorenzo in celebrating 39 years of support for the restoration and ongoing maintenance of the 1914 Ellen Shipman-designed-garden at Lorenzo. Recognized as one of Central New York's premier examples of a country estate garden, it continues to draw interest and visitors from across the nation. The Gala includes cocktails & appetizers, raffles, Mansion tours, and much more! If you are not already a member of the Friends and are interested in receiving an invitation, visit www.friendsoflorenzo.org.
Fri 15 Jul
44th Lorenzo Driving Competition
Friday, July 15, 2022 until Sunday, July 17, 2022 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-3200

The landscape at Lorenzo will once again set the backdrop for this display of horse and carriage driving skill, timing, and style. Exhibits, sales, refreshments, and demonstrations are offered. Sponsored by the Lorenzo Driving Competition, Inc., admission to the show is free. For more information visit www.lorenzodriving.org or e-mail lorenzodriving@gmail.com
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 www.friendsoflorenzo.org 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
email: jacqueline.roshia@parks.ny.gov
Admission to the event is free.

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Amenities Information

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