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Rose Hill Mansion, Geneva

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Rose Hill Mansion, in Fayette, New York, also known as Rose Hill, is a "monumental-scale" mansion, built in the form of a 2 story Greek temple with six Ionic columns, that was built in 1837. It has been attributed to architects Minard Lafever and Andrew Jackson Downing, but is most likely to have been built by skilled local craftsmen without either of those architect's involvement. It is built in the style of architect Minard Lafever, and in particular may have drawn on his pattern book The Beauties of Modern Architecture.The property was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1986.It is located on NY 96A, overlooking Seneca Lake and to the east of Geneva, New York.
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  • Owned and maintained by the Geneva Historical Society, this magnificent building is furnished with period pieces. Well-versed docents share the home's history, from it's golden era, through years of n...  more »
  • Try to go when it is nice weather, the views of the lake are very pretty. The house is very interesting, nice gift shop.  more »
  • Ideally located in front of Seneca Lake, the villa has been restored and furnished faithfully. The tour is interesting. As there were only 4, our guide took the time to explain everything and answered many questions from the American couple who accompanied us.
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  • Great period museum, with much to see and learn about local history. Unique and beautiful mansion overlooking Seneca Lake. Tours available. Highly recommended. Note - Might not be interesting for the younger ones.
  • Its been a while but some of our family furniture and oils are in Rose Hill. Martin Smith owned Rose Hill in the early 1900's. He was my Grandma Cook's father. There is much to make me nostalgic ... I grew up in Geneva, in a home that is now Hobart and William Smith's Admission Offices, I believe, 616 South Main Street. When May Martin Cook (who grew up at Rose Hill) married Edward John Cook...this was their family home. The tour through Rose Hill has always been wonderful. Makes us all go back to years before we were born. To a day of sea captains and gentlemen farmers. Carol Marvin Shelly
  • We thoroughly enjoyed our tour of the Rose Hill Mansion. I recommend it if you are in the Geneva area.