Rose Hill Mansion

Re-Opening Statement

While guided tours of the Rose Hill Mansion are currently not being offered, tours of the architecture and grounds will be held on Thursdays at 11 am until September 17.  The Carriage House Gift Shop at Rose Hill will also be open on weekends starting on July 18 from 1 pm to 4 pm.    Rose Hill will operate at a reduced capacity while enacting new safety measures, including social distancing and enhanced sanitizing and cleaning protocols.

While we are grateful to return, our priority is the health and safety of our visitors, local community and staff.  Over the past weeks, we’ve carefully developed reopening guidelines in accordance with state guidelines, directives from the CDC, and museum best practices.  Our staff has also worked hard to gather necessary supplies, including masks, gloves, hand sanitizer and cleaning products.  These new procedures will ensure we’re meeting the highest level public health standards while maintaining the excellence of the visitor experience.

Cleaning will be enhanced throughout the Carriage House Gift Shop at Rose Hill, including increased frequency of disinfecting “high touch” areas.  Hand sanitizer will also be readily available.  In accordance with New York State guidelines, Historical Society staff and volunteers, as well as all visitors will be required to wear facing coverings; complimentary masks will be provided for visitors who need one.

For their own safety as well as that of other visitors and staff, we are asking visitors to be aware of and adhere to the following guidelines:

Guidelines for all Geneva Historical Society Properties

  • All visitors and staff are required to wear a face covering onsite. If a visitor does not have a face covering, a mask will be provided.   Face coverings must cover the mouth and nose and be worn at all times. The exceptions are children under two years old and those were are medically unable to tolerate a face covering.
  • All visitors are strongly encouraged to use hand sanitizer upon entering and leaving any Historical Society property.  Hand sanitizer will be readily available at all Historical Society properties.
  • Visitors and staff are encouraged to practice proper respiratory etiquette.
  • Groups that arrive together in the same vehicle and/or of the same household group may gather together during their visit to a Historical Society property.
  • To help monitor capacity, visiting groups and/or individuals must, whenever possible, maintain a minimum of 6 feet separation from others during a visit to a Historical Society property.
  • “High touch” areas will be disinfected frequently throughout the day. These include, but are not limited to door knobs, hand railings and restroom fixtures.
  • Visitors are encouraged, but not required, to provide contact information for contact tracing.
  • Any visitor experiencing a fever, cough and/or difficulty breathing should postpone their visit.
  • For the safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers, we may close for health and safety purposes. For up-to-date information, call 315-789-5151 or visit the Historical Society’s web site.
  • By visiting a Historical Society property, visitors voluntarily assume all risks to exposure to COVID-19.

Guidelines for Rose Hill Mansion

  • Guided tours of the Mansion are not available at this time.
  • An architecture and grounds tour of Rose Hill will be offered on Thursdays at 11 am until September 17. Space is limited to eight people and reservations are required.  Reservations can be made over the phone by calling 315-789-3848.
  • Beginning on July 18, the Carriage House Gift Shop will be open on weekends from 1 pm to 4 pm.

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 elegant 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.