Lorenzo State Historic Site

Lorenzo State Historic Site, Cazenovia: Hours, Address, Lorenzo State Historic Site Reviews: 4.5/5

Lorenzo State Historic Site

Lorenzo State Historic Site
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM

4.5
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JoAnne48713
Syracuse, NY24 contributions
Fantastic tour!
Dec. 2019 • Family
I am so glad we went there on a gray, rainy day for the Christmas at Lorenzo tour. Every person we came into contact with was superb— friendly, and welcoming, and eager to answer our questions. Thank you so much for an outstanding visit!
Written December 14, 2019
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monsoon m
10 contributions
A Journey into the Past.
Jul. 2019 • Couples
This place is a fascinating slice of Americana; it offers a glimpse into the past. the museum is meticulously curated. Elizabeth, the tour guide, is welcoming and very well-informed. The garden is serene and beautifully maintained. A pleasant way to spend a summer morning or afternoon.
Written July 11, 2019
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Karen S
New York23 contributions
Lovely Historic Site in Central New York
Jun. 2019 • Couples
We stumbled on this historic site and were glad we did. Our tour guide, Elisabeth, was a wealth of information. Her enthusiasm and knowledge made the visit even more memorable.

The home and grounds are spectacular. The history of the area and site were thought provoking (e.g. slavery, indentured servants, women's rights, Dutch land acquisition). We left more curious and appreciative of NYS acknowledging and supporting our historical treasures.
Written June 23, 2019
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cabLouisville_KY
Louisville, KY294 contributions
A lovely house packed full of history
May 2019 • Couples
We visited the Lorenzo house in the Lorenzo State Historic Park. The grounds were absolutely beautiful. Our tour guide, Elisabeth, was extremely knowledgeable about the family history and you could feel the genuine love of the Lorenzo house from the stories she told about each portrait, or each room. From a period when times seemed much more simple, to modern day electricity, the antiques and items in the house were wonderful. The carriage house in which held several carriages and sleighs from the 1800's took you to another time. So many antiques and history donated by the Lincklaen family told a story of the town and their dream of a legacy home in Cazenovia, NY.
Written May 19, 2019
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Joe H
DeWitt, NY876 contributions
Interesting historic mansion and grounds
Aug. 2018 • Couples
If you're in the area and like history and homes of important people, you'll like visiting Lorenzo. Take the guided tour; it runs 45-60 minutes and our tour guide shared lots of interesting information about the people who lived here and the contents of the mansion itself. Admission is $5 for adults and is well worth the price.

The mansion contains lots of furnishings belonging to the resident families stretching back to the early 1800s. While I've been to lots of old homes before, I still learned some new things and saw some things I haven't seen before (e.g., an upholstered commode lounge chair; metal platforms that women wore over their shoes to lift their feet a couple of inches and prevent stepping directly into the mud; a mortgage button on the staircase railing support in the hall). There's lots of Hudson River school original art, and even some paintings by Samuel Morse (yes, the Morse code guy). The restoration work has been very good, utilizing wallpaper recreated to accurately reflect that which originally installed.

The tour is not fully handicap accessible, as the upper floors are only accessible by stairs and the ancient Otis elevator is not functional. Young children are not likely to find this interesting as the house was not populated by many children over the years. Older kids might find some things interesting.

There's a 15 minute video telling the story of Lorenzo and its residents in the carriage house nearby the mansion; it gives good background but isn't particularly noteworthy. The carriage house has exhibits of various artifacts and provides some history, and various horse-drawn vehicles are also on display there.

One thing that I found interesting was the story of how the original servants were slaves, and how the owners transitioned to paid servants when slavery was outlawed in New York State.

The garden is interesting to see, but not that large. When we visited on a warm August day, it was nice but not spectacular. This is okay because the species grown there are the types that were grown in the garden when it was originally created. This gives a touch of authenticity.

There are a few picnic tables if you are so inclined, but no grills.

I was glad I came and found our visit (about two hours) very worthwhile.
Written August 10, 2018
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UpforanAdventure
Oakton, Virginia72 contributions
A True Appreciation for Cazenovia
Jul. 2018 • Solo
If you really want to understand the history of Cazenovia, make sure to visit Lorenzo. My tour guide, Jackie, was excellent. She provided detailed information about the home, the families who have lived there and the founding of the Village of Cazenonia. The home features all original items owned by the family. It's been restored based on pictures and detailed records. The gardens are superb and the carriage house with it's informational video is excellent, as well.
Written July 10, 2018
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susanwinetasting
Putnam, CT351 contributions
Historic Estate Complete With Original Furnishings, and It's Accessible
Jun. 2018 • Couples
I loved out visit to the Lorenzo State Historic Site. This gorgeous estate was left in tact, not only including original furniture, art work and carpeting, but family belongings left in draws, such as clothing, road maps, band aids. Our docent was friendly and shared her personal insights from many years working on the property. Their gift shop is lovely and contains many interesting and reasonably priced souvenirs. The carriage house is a must stop as well, housing more than carriages and proving additional information on the estate as well as the family. The grounds are lovely and there is a formal garden worth walking through. For those who are disabled, this house is accessible. There is a wheel chair ramp and a lift, so all floors are available. A number of events are held at this site. We were thrilled to find a European car show happening during our visit.
Written June 28, 2018
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Marilyn M
Cortland, NY326 contributions
Always of Interest
Apr. 2018 • Friends
We've taken visiting friends from around the country & world to Lorenzo & it never disappoints. The docents are knowledgeable & show a real love for the history of the home & Linklaen family. Several years ago we went to a lecture on Hudson Valley Painting that was stellar. Lorenzo does an excellent job in highlighting a wide variety of activities to make a visit to Lorenzo fresh & exciting.
Written April 23, 2018
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Anna F
Liverpool, NY84 contributions
Beautiful Mansion
Jun. 2017 • Friends
Went for a day trip on a beautiful mild day. The grounds are lovely and the garden was in bloom with a variety of fragrant flowers. The Carriage House has some lovely displays and a short video about the history of Lorenzo. Our tour guide was very informative and answered all of our questions. History buffs and antique lovers will enjoy this place.
Wear comfortable shoes for walking the stone walkways. I skipped the tour of the upstairs of the mansion (no elevator) because of the number of stairs and my handicap. Tours start on the hour and admission is very reasonable. There are picnic tables on the grounds for those who want to pack a lunch.
Written June 24, 2017
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Bruce S
Hamilton, NY84 contributions
Nicely reconstructed 19th century estate.
Aug. 2016 • Couples
Dating to the early 19th century, this striking property is now a state historic site, and very much worth a visit. We often bring guests here, and the docents and staff invariably offer new information about the former occupants, and the fascinating family history.
Written August 25, 2016
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