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Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park

          Sonnenberg is the former summer home and creation of Frederick Ferris and Mary Clark Thompson. As newlyweds in 1863, the Thompson’s purchased a 300-acre farmstead named Sonnenberg (Sunny Hill) near Canandaigua Lake for their summer estate. By 1887, they replaced the previous farmstead residence with the current Sonnenberg Mansion. After Mr. Thompson's death in 1899, Mrs. Thompson began renovating and building gardens surrounding the mansion as a tribute to her husband. 

          Today, Sonnenberg Gardens is a New York State Historic Park where a late nineteenth century Victorian Estate with a Queen Anne-style mansion and nine formal gardens of the world is being preserved. This 50-acre estate is one of just two public gardens in the NYS Parks system. Sonnenberg is known for its distinctive period architecture, statuary, formal gardens, fountains and unique garden structures.

 

Pictorial History of Sonnenberg Collection

          The images in this collection depict Sonnenberg, the summer residence of Frederick Ferris Thompson and Mary Clark Thompson in Canandaigua, New York. Compiled in Mary Clark Thompson's 1907 scrapbook, the photographs capture Sonnenberg's gardens, walkways, ponds, and architecture. At the time Nathan R. Graves and John Dick took these photographs, the historic property was at the height of its grandeur. Mary Clark Thompson continued to renovate and maintain the gardens as tribute to her late husband until her death in 1923.

 

Mission Statement: Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion preserves, interprets and promotes the life, times and legacy of Canandaigua’s Thompson family.

          For more information about Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park or to schedule a visit, please visit www.sonnenberg.org, or contact us at:

151 Charlotte Street
Canandaigua, NY 14424
(585) 394-4922

 

 

 

 
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