Historic Geneva Rose Hill Mansion
- Arts & Culture
Location3373 Route 96AGeneva, NY 14456 United States
The Historic Geneva is dedicated to engaging diverse audiences in an on-going dialogue about the shared heritage of Geneva, New York and its environs. To achieve its mission, Historic Geneva: Uses traditional and digital media such as exhibits, programs, publications, blogs and online platforms to stimulate an interest in history and Geneva’s people, places, and things. Administers its historic properties to meet the educational and interpretive goals of the Society, offer leisure time activities for community members and visitors, and support Geneva as a destination city
Experience a taste of 19th-century life when you visit 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 Greek Revival house was the center of a busy and productive farm. The tour focuses on the Swan family, who lived in the house from 1850-1890. Through 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. Discover how Robert Swan, a New York City transplant, used 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.