Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Lorenzo State Historic Site

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17 Rippleton Road
Cazenovia, NY 13035
Latitude 42.924206
Longitude -75.860619

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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.
  • 2018 Operating Hours:  5/11/18 - 10/8/18 (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 11 May
Friday, May 11, 2018 until Monday, October 8, 2018 10:00 AM - 04:30 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-3200 ext 316

Wednesday through Sunday, and Monday holidays, 10 AM to 4:30 PM, with last tour of the day beginning at 4:00 PM; visitor center and museum shop are open during these hours. Group tours may also be scheduled year-round by prior arrangement; please call Jackie Roshia at (315) 655-3200, est. 106, for availability and more information.  Grounds are open year-round from dawn to dusk including the formal garden and Dark Aisle Arboretum.

Tour fees:  Adults. $5; Seniors, $4; students, $4.  Groups of 12 or more with 2-week advance notice, $4 per person.  Children 12 and under, free.  Friends of Lorenzo members receive free admission.  
Sat 02 Jun
UnderWhere?: Dressing for Women’s Rights
Saturday, June 2, 2018 01:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-3200

Cazenovia Public Library Community Room- The Dress Reform movement of the mid-19th century hoped to liberate woman from the most limiting aspects of their clothing. It was symbolized by the adoption of a shorter skirt over loose pants or "bloomers," but it also encompassed other changes more intimately inside a woman's layers of clothes. Other reform movements, including the women's suffrage movement, adopted the Bloomer costume as a representation of their ideals. The reform dress inspired intense controversy, and led Americans to question gender roles and expression. Join historians Ashley Hopkins-Benton and Kjirsten Gustavson as they uncover these layers of controversy, comparing the differences between fashionable dress and reform dress of the 1850s and linking them to the social movements that changed women's lives for generations to come. The talk will be heavily illustrated and include reproduction costumes. This free presentation is made possible by the Friends of Lorenzo, NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the Cazenovia Public Library.

Fri 15 Jun
Garden Gala
Friday, June 15, 2018 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-3200

Join the Friends of Lorenzo in celebrating 35 years of support for the restoration and on-going 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, the formal garden at Lorenzo continues to draw interest and visitors from across the nation. The Gala, an annual favorite in Cazenovia, also offers the opportunity to take a chance on winning a private catered event and a private Mansion tour. If you are not already a member of the Friends and are interested in receiving an invitation, visit or call (315) 655-3200.

Sun 17 Jun
EuroCar 2018
Sunday, June 17, 2018 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-3200

Sponsored by the MG Car Club and European Motor Club of Central New York, this Father's Day tradition includes European-manufactured cars, motorcycles, and trucks from pre-War to present day, including MG, Triumph, VW,Porsche, Jaguar, Fiat, Volvo, Mercedes, and more. Food, music, and related vendors also featured. Admission to the show is free to the public. For show car pre-registration forms and information visit

Sun 17 Jun
Garden Tour
Sunday, June 17, 2018 01:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-3200

Beginning at the formal garden gate at 1PM, a free 20-minute guided tour (weather permitting) highlighting the history of the Lorenzo formal garden will also be offered. For tour information please call Jackie Roshia at (315) 655-3200, ext. 106.

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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