Rose Hill Mansion

Guided tours of Rose Hill Mansion run Thursday through Sunday. The grounds are open to the public during daylight hours. Click here for more on hours and admission to Rose Hill.

Unvaccinated persons are expected to wear a face covering when inside a Historical Society property. All others are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering. The exceptions are children under two years old and those who are medically unable to tolerate a face covering.

The guided outdoor tour Outside Rose Hill: An Exploration of Landscape and Architecture focuses on the grounds and exterior architecture of the 1839 Greek Revival mansion and its surrounding structures. The one-hour tour is available at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Thursdays only from July 8 through October 28. Outside Rose Hill is by reservation only, and tour capacity is limited. Reservations can be made by calling 315-789-3848.

Information About Rose Hill Mansion

A National Historic Landmark

On visiting Geneva and when reaching Rose Hill Farm, you were certain of such a warm and hearty reception, that the latter became one of the attractions of the place, and is not forgotten.
—Frederick Swan, 1894

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.

In the Carriage House Visitor Center and Gift Shop an exhibit highlights the people who lived in the mansion.  A restored 1916 Model T that belonged to a descendant of the Swan family is also on display. The grounds are open year-round, free of charge.   The Carriage House Gift Shop features historically inspired and locally made items, as well as souvenirs, history books, jewelry, and home decorative items. For a selection of items, see our online shop.

On display in the Tenant Cottage is One House, Many People.  Behind the beautiful façade, hundreds of people have labored to run Rose Hill from the time it was the center of a 1200-acre farm to its recent history as a historic house museum. The nature of the work and the people who do it, has changed over 200 years.  One House, Many People chronicles enslaved, paid, and volunteer workers from Rose Hill.

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