Blog » Tag: Rose Hill

  • An Original, Almost – George Washington’s Portrait at Rose Hill Mansion

    September 26th, 2019
    The story of Jane Stuart and her portrait of George Washington at Rose Hill.
  • Rose Hill Food and Wine Celebration

    September 12th, 2019
    Enjoy the tastes of autumn at our annual fundraiser at Rose Hill Mansion.
  • Greek Revival Architecture: The Basics

    October 9th, 2019
    An introduction to Greek Revival Architecture.
  • Rose Hill Community Day

    August 2nd, 2019
    Bring the whole family for a fun day of games and activities at Rose Hill Mansion.
  • The Sporting Life

    July 12th, 2019
    Enjoy an afternoon at Rose Hill while while exploring sport history.
  • What’s a Belvedere?

    June 27th, 2019
    Answers to commonly asked questions at Rose Hill Mansion - what is a belvedere and why is it called that?
  • Blues, Brews, and BBQ

    June 7th, 2019
    Join the Geneva Historical Society in celebrating the Finger Lakes region's breweries in the third Blues, Brews, and BBQ event.
  • New staffer at Rose Hill and Johnston House

    May 17th, 2019
    Introduction of a new staff member
  • After the Swans: The Smiths, 1896-1912

    October 26th, 2018
    The Smith family lived at Rose Hill from 1896 to 1912.
  • Rose Hill Food and Wine Celebration

    September 7th, 2018
    Enjoy the tastes of autumn at our annual fundraiser at Rose Hill Mansion.
  • After the Swans: The Plummers, 1890 – 1893

    August 31st, 2018
    The Plummers lived at Rose Hill from 1890 to 1893
  • Rose Hill Though The Ages

    July 16th, 2018
    Join us to celebrate fifty years of telling Rose Hill Mansion's stories to the public. Featuring music, presentations and activities for all ages.
  • 1968: A Year of Change

    July 6th, 2018
    1968, the year the Geneva Historical Society opened Rose Hill Mansion as a museum, was a year of momentous change.
  • Blues Brews, and BBQ

    June 15th, 2018
    Join the Geneva Historical Society in celebrating the Finger Lakes region's breweries in the second Blues, Brews, and BBQ event on Saturday, June 23 from 5 to 8 p.m.
  • Rose Hill Gone Wild

    July 14th, 2017
    Discover animal history at Rose Hill.
  • A Hard Day’s Night: Nightlife Victorian Style

    October 27th, 2016
    Before electricity, what did Victorian families do in the evenings?
  • There’s Nothing Like A Model T

    July 22nd, 2016
    A visit to Rose Hill by the Model T Ford Club International provides insights into the Model T.
  • Model T Birthday Celebration

    July 15th, 2016
    Join the Geneva Historical Society for the 100th birthday of our 1916 Ford Model T Canopy Express Wagon!
  • Without Asking Permission: The Life of Agnes Swan Hutchins

    August 27th, 2015
    From 1850 to 1889 Robert and Margaret Johnston Swan lived at Rose Hill on Seneca Lake. The couple had three girls and three boys. Unfortunately, five of their children died young – the boys in childhood, the eldest girl, Mary, in childbirth at 33, and the middle daughter, Maggie, of heart trouble at 44. Only the youngest daughter, Agnes, lived what we would today consider More »
  • Night Life Victorian Style

    May 8th, 2015
    Before electricity, what did Victorian families do in the evenings? For some the answer was simple – they went to sleep. Others did a variety of activities by candlelight, oil lamp or gas light
  • Uncle Doctor

    April 3rd, 2015
    Robert Swan’s youngest brother Frederick wrote a history of the Swan family in the 1890s. In it, he talks about their Uncle Daniel, or, as they called him, “Uncle Doctor:” [H]e made choice of the profession of medicine, and studied with Dr. John Brooks, then the resident physician of Medford. . . . Early in his practice, his attention was directed to the system of More »
  • Rose Hill Turns 175!

    August 30th, 2014
      Over the years several families have called Rose Hill home and one of them was the William Strong family.  In 1835 Strong purchased the Rose home and property.   After amassing a fortune as a wool merchant in New York City, Strong retired and moved his family to Geneva.    It was Strong who built the Greek Revival mansion people see and enjoy today.  To build More »
  • Meet the Neighbors: John Delafield

    July 25th, 2014
    Biography of John Delafield
  • Workers at Rose Hill Farm

    July 3rd, 2014
    As we saw last month, the Swans at Rose Hill relied on female workers to do much of the housework and childcare. Running the farm operations required male workers.
  • Herman Ten Eyck Foster, Part 3

    June 26th, 2014
    By Alice Askins, Education Coordinator at Rose Hill   At the end of December 1843 Herman Foster became engaged to Pauline Lentilhon.  Pauline may have been related to the Smiths who appear so often in Herman’s diary.  We first hear of Pauline when Augustus Smith was reading a letter from her in the cutter that spills Herman, Augustus, and William into a snow bank.  After More »
  • Herman Ten Eyck Foster Part 2

    May 23rd, 2014
    By Alice Askins, Education Coordinator at Rose Hill Mansion   In May 1842 Herman came from New York City to learn farming from Mr. Owens near Ithaca.  He wrote in his diary that he was sad to leave his friends, though trying to overcome it.  By June 18, he was already waiting for the Smiths to visit him.  Herman usually called the Smiths “the boys,” More »
  • Rose Hill Mansion From Top to Bottom

    May 2nd, 2014
    Rose Hill Mansion is open and this season we have lots planned. If you haven’t been to the house in a while (or even if you have!) stop out this summer. In addition to Jane Austen Day on July 26 (more on that in the future), we have rearranged the Carriage House Gift Shop and Visitor Center, are offering Top-to-Bottom Tours on the first Saturday More »
  • Meet the Neighbors: Herman Ten Eyck Foster, Part 1

    April 25th, 2014
    By Alice Askins, Education Coordinator at Rose Hill Mansion I had thought that Robert Swan was unusual in coming from a business background in New York Cityto farm in Seneca County.  There was at least one other man, though, who came from New York City to farm.  That man’s name was Herman Ten Eyck Foster, and thanks to Winterthur Museum, we have transcripts of his More »
  • Lighting at Rose Hill

    February 27th, 2014
    Discussion of the early the electrical system at Rose Hill.
  • Croquet

    October 29th, 2013
    A brief history of croquet
  • Community Day at Rose Hill

    August 2nd, 2013
    Family event at Rose Hill Mansion.
  • Intoxicating Pursuits

    July 12th, 2013
    Temperance themed event hosted at Rose Hill Mansion.
  • Honeybees: A Brief Overview and the Bees at Rose Hill

    June 25th, 2013
    Brief history of honeybees and how a colony was removed at Rose Hill Mansion
  • Sustainable Agriculture, c. 1860

    May 31st, 2013
    Robert Swan's farming practice was what the modern observer could call sustainable.
  • New York City Draft Riots

    March 22nd, 2013
    Local reaction to the draft during the Civil War
  • From Lake to Table (Fish Dinner from Catch to Table)

    March 15th, 2013
    The Swan family's experience with muskellunge
  • A Site Manager’s Day

    February 22nd, 2013
    Typical day of the site manager of Rose Hill and Johnston House
  • Freezing Fingers, Toasted Toes: Heating in America

    January 28th, 2013
    A comfortable house in winter was a rare thing in much of the United States prior to the late 19th century. According to the English traveler Margaret Hunter Hall, who visited Cayuga, NY in 1827, American houses were built “expressly for summer, without the slightest reference to the six months’ winter that they suffer.”