Dating from the early 1800s and lovingly restored and maintained with help from Friends of Lorenzo, the mansion is home to priceless examples of American decorative arts covering 150 years of occupation by the Lincklean and Ledyard families. Highlights include several examples of Hudson River School Landscape painting.
tours, Hours and Rates
Guided tours of the Mansion, from May through October: Wednesdays through Sundays & Monday holidays – 10:00am -4:30pm
(last tour leaves at 4).
Groups larger than 6 – please call ahead for guided tours
Group tours, specialized presentations, research in the archives are available by advance registration only.
Visitor center and museum shop are open during these hours
Adults: $5 per person
Seniors and Students: $4 per person
Children 12 and under: free
Group tours (12+ people, with advanced registration): $4 per person
For more information please call (315) 655-3200.
Gardens and grounds
Friends of Lorenzo play a big part in the preservation of Lorenzo's gardens and grounds as a quiet refuge of natural beauty. All together, the grounds and various buildings cover over 80 acres, with stunning views of Cazenovia Lake.
The design of Lorenzo's formal gardens dates back to the mid 1800s. In 1983, Friends of Lorenzo hired Janine Golub, Master Gardener, who referenced the original designs for plant varieties and placement. Get bloom schedule and grounds map.
The Great Lawn
The great lawn at Lorenzo features centuries old trees and spectacular views of Cazenovia Lake.
The Dark Aisle
The Lorenzo Dark Aisle is a double hedge of white pine, hemlock and Norway spruce planted by Ledyard Lincklean and maintained since 1976 by the Syracuse Garden Club. Get Dark Isle flower guide.
It's Free Historic grounds, including the Ellen Shipman formal garden and the Dark Aisle are open year-round, dawn to dusk.
Lorenzo’s newest addition is the historic Rippleton Schoolhouse built circa 1814 and operated until 1931. Sarah Auchincloss donated the District No. 7 School to Lorenzo in 1996 to preserve it for future use by school groups and the general public. Concerted research, documentation and analysis supported by FOL led to restoration of the Schoolhouse to the 1880s period.
Summer Kids Camp
The restored facility offers children age 7 - 10 an authentic setting to attend a one-room school as it would have been led in the late 19th century.
The school is also available by special arrangement for educational programs for "children of all ages."
The free event, held each summer, is a chance for the whole family to experience the music, food, and games of the 19th century.