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I like a good tour, whether it be a self-led somber walk through the 9/11 Memorial in New York or a docent reviewing the lavish accommodations at the Clayton House in Pittsburgh.

We have a friend in Italy named Lorenzo, so when we made our first trip to Cazenovia, New York in April and saw the sign for, “Lorenzo State Historic Site,” we knew we’d have to investigate.

Our July trip gave us the perfect blue sky day to tour. We were the only guests of genuine and friendly Charlie, who’s been giving Lorenzo tours for twenty years. A retired teacher, he taught us well about the lifestyle of John Lincklaen and his family in their Federal style home. At the bargain of five-dollars per adult, Charlie gave a tour worthy of five times that amount.

Charlie

Charlie

Built to last

The spacious house was built in 1807 as a masonry structure as a result of Lincklaen’s wood frame home burning down. It’s solid and you feel the weight of it under your feet as you walk the various floors.

Unlike touring the Clayton, photography is permitted inside. We took full advantage of this openness and wound up with some great shots to prompt our memories.

 

Walk the grounds

Don’t skip the carriage house, the gardens—also in the balanced Federal style—or the gift shop. While many gift shops feel more like you’re being extorted, Lorenzo House has a broad assortment of period-related items available at fair prices. If you’re lucky, you get to meet docent Liz and visit with her a bit. The shop is a pleasant way to wind up the day and support the New York Parks by leaving a few dollars behind. My favorite find was a hurdy-gurdy  for my five-year-old great niece. She was captivated!

hurdy-gurdy

hurdy-gurdy

At the end of the tour, there exhibit rooms are setup that you can peruse at your own pace. One particular sign struck us … I’ll leave you with this bit of instruction…

Dinner Instructions

Dinner Instructions

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