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Tour Explores 19th-century Food and Eating

May 06th, 2019

Geneva, N.Y.: The Geneva Historical Society's special food-focused tour, A Taste of Rose Hill, will run on the third Tuesday of the month during the 2019 season at Rose Hill Mansion. The tour explores the history of food consumption and production during the Swan family's residency at Rose Hill from 1850 to 1890. It is one hour long and will be offered on May 21, June 18, July 16, August 20, September 17 and October 15 at 2 p.m. This special tour is not the same as our regular tour.

On the tour, visitors will learn how the Swan family produced and preserved different types of food on their farm, and how food was prepared and presented at their table. We will explore how these processes shifted over the 19th century as elements of food production, preservation, and preparation were mechanized and standards of presentation rose. Part of the tour will also focus on 19th-century beliefs about the connection between food, health and gender roles. The tour will include samples of the scents and tastes of 19th-century-style foods.

Admission for the tour is $12 for adults and $10 for seniors. As space is limited, reservations are required for A Taste of Rose Hill. They may be made by calling Rose Hill Mansion at 315-789-3848.

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.

Rose Hill Mansion is located at 3373 Route 96A, about a mile south of Routes 5&20, near Geneva, New York.

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 the Geneva Historical Society at 315-789-5151 or call Rose Hill at 315-789-3848. Information is also available at

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