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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 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, the Federal style 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 special events on the historic grounds including the annual "Lorenzo Driving Competition," "Rippleton Schoolhouse Community Day" and "Christmas at Lorenzo." Visitors may also partake in educational and interpretive presentations or hike the connective trail through the 87-acre site.

Lorenzo is the jewel of Cazenovia, a village renowned for its 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 AisleĀ ArboretumĀ are open year-round, dawn to dusk.
  • 2020 Operating Hours:  5/8/20 - 10/12/20 
    Wednesdays - Sundays, and Monday holidays 10:00 am - 4:30 pm (Last tour at 4pm)     Guided tours of the Mansion, available every half hour, with the last tour at 4 pm.            Visitor Center and Gift Shop oen until 4:30 pm

    Historic grounds, including the Ellen Shipman formal garden and the Dark Aisle Arboretum are open year-round, dawn to dusk.

    The Mansion opens again in December during special holiday hours.

  • Group tours, specialized presentations, educational programs at Rippleton Schoolhouse, and research in the archives available by advance registration only.  For 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.
Tue 02 Jun
Garden Tour (Canceled)
Tuesday, June 2, 2020 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-3200

Beginning at the formal garden gate, a free 20-minute guided tour (weather permitting) will highlight the history of Lorenzo's formal garden, first established in 1806.
Fri 19 Jun
Friends of Lorenzo Garden Gala (Canceled)
Friday, June 19, 2020 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-3200

Sun 21 Jun
EuroCar 2020 (Canceled)
Sunday, June 21, 2020 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-3200

Sun 21 Jun
Eurocar2020 (Canceled)
Sunday, June 21, 2020 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
Sat 04 Jul
45th CAVAC Arts & Crafts Fair (Canceled)
Saturday, July 4, 2020 until Sunday, July 5, 2020 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-9798

This popular arts and crafts show and sale draws more than 130 artisans and thousands of visitors. Sponsored by the Cazenovia Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps (CAVAC), admission is free.  For more information, contact the CAVAC business office at 315-655-9798.

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Amenities Information

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