Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park

151 Charlotte Street
Canandaigua, NY 14424
Phone: (585) 394-4922
Meeting Facilities

Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, located at 151 Charlotte Street in Canandaigua, NY, is one of America's longest surviving estates from the Victorian Era. The elegant Queen Anne-style mansion was built in 1887 by New York City financier Frederick Ferris Thompson, and his wife, Mary Clark Thompson, as a summer home. Between 1901-1920, the widowed Mrs. Thompson and her staff created the nine formal gardens seen today. The grounds are open to the public from May 1 - October 31 each year.

The Finger Lakes Wine Center at Sonnenberg, housed in the historic Bay House near the conservatory, features some of the best wines from more than 40 partner wineries. For a nominal fee, visitors can taste selections from 10-15 different wines daily from our rotating-inventory tasting bar in the Wine Center. Some of Sonnenberg's special events include the Father's Day Car Show (June), Moonlight Stroll Music Series (July & August), and Arts at the Gardens Fine Art & Fine Craft Show & Sale (August) featuring 100 top quality artists from across the country. Educational gardening and horticulture classes are available.

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Facility Info
Meeting Rooms
  • Exhibits Space
  • Description The Carriage House also offers a conference room for up to 40 people, U-Shape room for up to 35 people, and Hollow Square room for up to 45 people. All rooms at the Carriage House are a unique shape. A tent is also available. Catering is offered.
  • Total Sq. Ft. 1750
  • Space Notes Outdoor receptions can accommodate groups with 70 – 250 or more guests. (Tent sizes and pricing varies depending upon your guest count and event needs.)
  • Theatre Capacity 100
  • Banquet Capacity 80
  • Number of Rooms 1
  • Classroom Capacity 50
Carriage House
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 1750
  • Theater Capacity: 100
  • Classroom Capacity: 50
  • Banquet Capacity: 80
Main Reception Tent
  • Banquet Capacity: 250
Reception Tent
  • Banquet Capacity: 150
Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park
Recurring weekly on Thursday until August 30, 2018

Step back into Sonnenberg’s elegant past with our high tea events — complete with service in the mansion by Victorian maids and butlers. This event features a multi-course menu, including sandwiches,... more

Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park
Aug 18-19, 2018

Arts at the Gardens is an outdoor, two-day juried fine art and fine craft exhibition, show and sale held on the grounds of Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park, in Canandaigua, NY. The... more

Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park
Sep 16, 2018

Donna Hill Herendeen, Farmington Historian, will moderate discussion with Ontario and Wayne County historians: Wilma Townsend, on suffragists in Victor and overview of participation of rural women;... more

Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park
Sep 28, 2018

Join us for our newest festive, fundraising event – Harvestfest. The event will feature live music plus beer, wine, and food all available for purchase. more

Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park
Oct 13, 2018

Join us for our ever-popular Fall Gardening Symposium featuring a popular garden speaker and writer. Book signing and books available for purchase at event. Lunch and park admission included in fee. more

Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park
Oct 19 - 21, Oct 26 - 27 2018

Come take part in a “whodunit” at Sonnenberg! Guests will have a chance to take part in this live-theater event by uncovering the clues that will solve the mystery and bring the guilty party -or... more

Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park
Oct 28, 2018

Join us — if you dare! — for a “haunted” stroll through the Sonnenberg grounds. Be ready for strange sights, sounds, and Sonnenberg tales that will leave you in goosebumps! Be ready for spooky... more

Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park
Dec 2, 2018

Celebrate the holidays with Sonnenberg Gardens! Come see our festively decorated mansion. Carriage Rides, English country dancers, and Christmas music by local choir. Refreshments available. Decorated... more

Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park
Dec 8, 2018

Join us in a tour of some of Canandaigua’s most wonderful homes decorated for the holidays. Tour seven homes in one of the most beautiful and historic sections of Canandaigua. Each tour stop is unique... more