151 Charlotte Street
Canandaigua NY 14424
Category: Museum & Related Organizations
Description: Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park features nine elegantly restored gardens, a Lord & Burnham greenhouse complex, and a handsome 1887 Victorian mansion.
Our Story: Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park is one of America's longest surviving estates from the Victorian Era. The elegant Queen Anne-style mansion was built in 1887 by New York City financier Frederick Ferris Thompson, and his wife, Mary Clark Thompson, as a summer home. Between 1901-1920, the widowed Mrs. Thompson and her staff created the nine formal gardens seen today. The grounds are open to the public from May 1 - October 31 each year. The Finger Lakes Wine Center at Sonnenberg, housed in the historic Bay House near the conservatory, features some of he best wines from more than 40 partner wineries. For a nominal fee, visitors can taste selections from 10-15 different wines daily from our rotating-inventory tasting bar in the Wine Center. Some of Sonnenberg's annual special events include Roses & Rose`s: A Wine & Food-Pairing Event in the Gardens, Father's Day Car & motorcycle Cruise, Moonlight Stroll Music Series in July, and Arts at the Gardens Fine Art & Fine Craft Show & Sale featuring 100 top-quality artists from across the country the third weekend in August.