CAZENOVIA — On Sunday, Sept. 19, Lorenzo State Historic Site will host two community events.
At 2 p.m., the public is invited to join in a tour highlighting the site’s art collection.
“Home to five generations of the Lincklaen/Ledyard family, Lorenzo boasts an impressive collection of fine art,” the Lorenzo staff wrote in a Sept. 7 press release. “The richness and variety of the paintings reflect the family’s pride in its Dutch heritage, the distinctive American character of a young nation, and reflects 19th century upper class trends in art collecting.”
Lorenzo’s collection includes works by Jasper Cropsey, Sanford Gifford, Samuel Morse, Dwight Williams, and 17th century Dutch masters.
The 45-minute art tour will be guided by art historian Elisabeth Genter, who worked at Lorenzo for two years while earning her master of arts degree in art history from Syracuse University. She is currently working on her Ph.D. in visual and cultural studies at the University of Rochester.
“The tour will be of the art in the mansion, as all of our significant pieces are always on display,” noted Jackie Roshia, Lorenzo’s interpretive programs assistant.
Admission to the event is free, but reservations are required. Call Roshia at 315-655-3200, ext. 102 or email [email protected] to reserve a spot. Masks are required during the tour.
Earlier this month, the site released its new, full color Lorenzo Fine Arts Collection brochure, which features family portraits, American landscapes, European works of art, and views of the Cazenovia area. The brochures, which Genter created while working at Lorenzo, are free and available on the Friends of Lorenzo (FOL) website and at the historic site.
On Sept. 19, from 1 to 4 p.m., FOL and Community Bank will present an open house at the Rippleton Schoolhouse. The sponsors will give away free pumpkins and grab bags, and School Mistress Mattie Buckland will lead tours of the building to give the public a glimpse into the schoolhouse experience.
Prior to the open house, community members are encouraged to participate in the Cazenovia Schoolhouse Driving Tour and Scavenger Hunt to help get students back into the school spirit.
Sponsored by FOL, the 30-to-40-minute driving tour gives the public the opportunity to discover six of Cazenovia’s historic one-room schoolhouses.
According to a FOL press release announcing the initiative, Cazenovia was divided into 15 school districts in 1812. By 1875, the number of districts had expanded to 22, with each school situated so that no student walked more than two miles each way. In the 1920s, as populations shifted and transportation improved, rural districts began consolidating into the Cazenovia Central School District. The small schoolhouses were repurposed, and many eventually disappeared from the landscape altogether.
“This tour will allow you to enjoy the few that are still standing,” the press release explains. “Please remember to respect private landowners and to enjoy these schoolhouses from inside your vehicles while you answer the scavenger hunt questions.”
The driving tour map and instructions can be found at friendsoflorenzo.org. Paper copies are available at Lorenzo and the Community Bank Cazenovia Branch.
Every student to turn in a completed scavenger hunt at the Rippleton Schoolhouse open house will receive a voucher for a free small ice cream and be entered into a drawing to win an artist-decorated pumpkin.
Located at 17 Rippleton Rd, Lorenzo is the 1807 Federal style home of Holland Land Company agent and Cazenovia founder John Lincklaen. The Lincklaen/Ledyard family continually occupied Lorenzo until the property and its contents were conveyed to New York State in 1968. The site is operated by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and supported by the FOL, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting Lorenzo.