Description - The Lorenzo State Historic Site is located .25 mile south of junction of US 20 and SR 13 situated on a knoll overlooking the picturesque Cazenovia Lake. A Dutch naval officer built the stately brick mansion, circa 1807. Generations occupied the mansion until 1968 when the site, including contents became the property of the State of New York. The mansion and grounds are open for viewing May through October, and the month of December.
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Lorenzo State Historic Site
- Situated on a knoll overlooking the small four-mile long Cazenovia Lake, Lorenzo is the elegant brick mansion built in 1807 by a young Dutch naval officer, John Lincklaen. Generations of the family occupied the mansion until 1968 when Lorenzo was sold and its contents donated to New York.
Lorenzo stands today as a landmark symbolizing an important system of land development in central New York during the early years of our new nation, and as a magnificent survivor of the elegant summer colony of a century ago. Lorenzo is the jewel of Cazenovia, a village renowned today for its quaint and picturesque landscapes, quiet inns, fine restaurants and unique shops.
Recreation - The Lorenzo State Historic Sites offers visitors audio-visual programs, period costumed interpreters, educational services, manicured gardens, a gift shop, group tours, guided tours, scenic views, picnicking, a visitor center / museum and winter cross-country skiing. Several of the amenities are handicapped accessible. The visitor center and historic house are open May through October, including the month of December, Wednesdays-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays 1-5 p.m. It is also open Monday holidays. The grounds remain open until dusk. Admission is $3.00 adults, $2.00 NYS senior citizens and $1.00 children ages 5-12. Group reservations requested.
Climate - The historic site experiences average January temperatures from 18 degrees to above 22 degrees Fahrenheit (-8 to above -6 degrees Celsius). It is important to note that this area receives some of the heaviest snowfalls in the nation. Summer temperatures average around 72 degrees Fahrenheit (around 22 degrees Celsius). Precipitation in the region ranges from 36 inches to more than 44 inches of rain and snowmelt. The heaviest precipitation is received in the region's northeast segment.
Lorenzo State Historic Site sits on the southern shore of Cazenovia Lake off SR 13S on Rippleton Road.