Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park
The Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park is a an extensively preserved Victorian country estate located in Canandaigua, New York. The 50 acre estate has formal and informal gardens, the historic mansion above, the Lord and Burnham greenhouse complex and supposedly, views of Canandaigua Lake. We never did see the lake from the mansion or the estate, but the rest was remarkable. The mansion was built in 1887 and the surrounding gardens developed between 1902 and 1920. We took the opportunity to do an extensive tour of both the mansion and the surrounding gardens. I do think that living in this large mansion would have been more of a burden than an opportunity.