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Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park

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Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park

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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. It is known for its distinctive period architecture, statuary, formal gardens, fountains and unique garden structures. Sonnenberg is the former summer home and creation of Frederick Ferris and Mary Clark Thompson. He was a New York city banker and she was the daughter of a New York State Governor. 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 with the current Sonnenberg mansion. Photo courtesy of