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Top to Bottom Tours of Rose Hill Mansion Offered

Apr 30th, 2014

For the 2014 season the Geneva Historical Society will offer a special Top-to-Bottom Tour of Rose Hill Mansion on the first Saturday of the month, beginning May 3. These tours will be an opportunity for visitors to see areas of the house not open on our regular tours, including the basement and cupola. Tours will be held at 11am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm and 3:30pm and are included in regular admission.   The tour is appropriate for adults and children 15 years and older. Please be advised that there are many stairs to climb and some confined spaces included in the tour. Because of these limitations, space on the tour is limited, and reservations are required. Reservations may be made at the Geneva Historical Society at 315-789-5151 or at Rose Hill after May 1 at 315-789-3848.   Once a working farm, the house and surrounding grounds at Rose Hill are 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, occupied by the Swan family from 1850-1890. Twenty rooms of the house are restored and furnished in the Empire style, popular from the 1820s to 1850s. The property also has a wonderful view of Seneca Lake and nearby farmlands.   The Rose Hill Mansion Gift Shop is open whenever the house is open. The shop carries historically-inspired and locally made items, as well as souvenirs, history books, jewelry and home decorative items. A tasting room operated by Billsboro Winery is also located on the site. The tasting room is open weekends in May and daily from June to October.   Rose Hill Mansion is located at 3373 Route 96A, about a mile south of Routes 5&20, near Geneva, New York. The house is open May 1 to October 31, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Mondays. The grounds are open year round, free of charge.   Admission is by guided tour only and is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $4 for children 10 to18. Children 9 and under are free. A family rate of $15 is available for two adults and one or more children aged 10 to 18 in the same household. Discounts offered for group tours. Reservations required for groups.   Rose Hill is administered by the Geneva Historical Society at 543 South Main Street, Geneva, New York. For more information about visiting Rose Hill, call 315-789-3848. Information is also available at www.genevahistoricalsociety.com.   The Geneva Historical Society receives major funding from the New York State Council on the Arts and the Town and City of Geneva

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