|About Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park
Nestled in the picturesque Finger Lakes region of New York, Sonnenberg Gardens is a New York State Historic Park offering one of the few remaining estates in the U.S. with a Queen Anne-style mansion and formal gardens.
Built in 1887, Sonnenberg's 40-room Mansion offers visitors a glimpse of what life was like in the late nineteenth century. Along with 17 other structures across the 50-acre property, the estate boasts nine formal gardens representing many cultures and historic periods including 12th-century Asia, 4th-century Rome and the French Renaissance. A 20-acre arboretum of rare and exotic trees, plants and unique landscapes stretches across the grounds, while a Lord & Burnham wood-and-glass greenhouse complex of the Victorian period features varieties of orchids, succulents, tropical plants and flowers, as well as vegetables.
Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park is currently owned by the New State Office of Parks and Historic Preservation but is operated by the nonprofit organization, Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion. Funding comes solely through admissions; seasonal retail sales; memberships, private donations and grants; and public and private special events. The Sonnenberg staff and corps of volunteers are hard at work to solidify Sonnenberg’s place as one of the premiere display gardens and estates in the United States, and a gem in the NYS Parks system.
This historic park has become one of the key tourist destinations in the region. It received the 2013 Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor which rates Sonnenberg as 4.5 out of 5 stars and the #1 rated tourist attraction in Canandaigua, New York. Besides touring the mansion, gardens, and greenhouse complex, tourists may also visit the site's gift shop, cafe, and the Finger Lakes Wine Center for daily wine tastings.
Sonnenberg Gardens has also become one of the most sought after outdoor wedding sites in the region with weddings and receptions held throughout much of the site’s six-month season. Besides weddings, the site also hosts other events and parties.
True to its educational mission, Sonnenberg features a wide range of public cultural, historical, and horticultural-based events throughout the year.
Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion preserves the living collection of nine historic gardens and interprets and promotes the life, times, and legacy of Canandaigua's Thompson family estate.
Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion will be a recognized destination in the Finger Lakes Region providing year-round quality visitor experiences and programs central to the cultural and economic strength of Canandaigua.