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Rose Hill Mansion
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A view of Rose Hill Mansion from the front gate

“The good wife, on warm days had iced lemonade to greet you upon your return from the fields, when you would seat yourself in one of the comfortable high-backed chairs upon the roomy piazza that fronted the lake, and enjoy your rest and the magnificent view. It then seemed to me, as if this great peace on earth could never terminate….”
Frederick Swan, 1894



Experience a taste of life on this 19th-century estate when you visit the National Historic Landmark Rose Hill Mansion in the beautiful Finger Lakes. Once a working farm, the house and surrounding grounds are now open seasonally for guided tours. Built in 1839, the elegant Greek Revival house was the center of a busy and productive farm at mid-century. Much of the tour focuses on the Swan family, in residence from 1850-1890. Through family letters, photographs, and diaries, explore the family's joys and sorrows and their interactions with neighbors and the many workers required to keep the large house and farm in working order. Trained as a merchant, discover how Robert Swan combined business methods of organization with scientific innovations like drain tile to make his farm more productive and profitable. See twenty rooms restored and furnished in the Empire style, popular from the 1820s to 1850s. Enjoy the magnificent view of Seneca Lake from the front porch and the vista of nearby farmlands.

A servant in the Rose Hill dining room, c. 1890

Playing croquet at Rose Hill in the 1870s.

Considered one of the finest examples of Greek Revival architecture in the United States, Rose Hill Mansion was restored in the 1960s through the generosity of Waldo Hutchins Jr. in honor of his mother, Agnes Swan Hutchins, who grew up in the house. The house is furnished with many pieces that belonged to the Swan family, including a Severin Roesen painting and an 1845 rosewood parlor set attributed to Alexander Roux. The house is open from the first of May through the end of October. Group rates are available by reservation. Call or email for more information.


 
Gift Shop Display In Rose Hill Mansion's Visitor Center you will find a gift shop featuring children's games and toys from yesteryear. There are also historic books and reproduction prints for sale, along with unique handmade items, and many products made in the Finger Lakes region. Stop by in season and see what we have to offer! Jewellry in shop
Tasting Room On the grounds at Rose Hill is a tasting room operated by Billsboro Winery. After your tour of Rose Hill, be sure to stop by for a free taste of their wines. For more information about the tasting room and Billsboro's wines, visit the Billsboro website. Tasting Room
 
View of Seneca Lake from the front porch of Rose Hill Mansion

 

The mansion is at 3373 Route 96A just south of Routes 5&20 near Geneva, New York. GPS Coordinates: 42.8605 -76.9367

For information regarding Rose Hill and activities at the mansion, please go to our Hours and Events page
or contact the Geneva Historical Society at 315-789-5151 or the Rose Hill facility at 315-789-3848.

 

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Hours

Seeing the mansion

The house may be seen by guided tour only. The grounds are open to the public during daylight hours.
There is a charge for professional photography on the grounds. Please call to make arrangements.

Open May 1 to October 31

Tuesday-Friday

10am to 4pm.
Tours run once an hour, on the half hour.
The first tour is at 10:30am, last tour at 3:30pm.
Saturday 10am to 4pm.
Saturdays tours run every half hour.
The first tour is at 10am, last tour is at 4pm.
Sunday 1pm to 5pm.
Tours run every half hour.
First tour at 1pm, last tour at 5pm
Closed Mondays  

Admission
Adults $7.00
Seniors $6.00
Students (age 10-18) $4.00
Children 9 and under Free
Family Rate (two adults and children aged 10-18) $15.00
Group Rates Available Available by reservation. Call 315-789-1840 to arrange a group tour. Minimum 10 people.

Contact Us
Geneva Historical Society Phone: 315-789-5151
Rose Hill Phone: 315-789-3848 (May 1-October 31 only)
Fax: 315-789-0314
E-mail: info@genevahistoricalsociety.com


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