Lorenzo State Historic Site
17 Rippleton Road
Cazenovia, NY 13035, United States
Over decades, Friends of Lorenzo has played a key role in the preservation and promotion of Lorenzo's treasures. Its archives and collections, covering 160 years of history as seen through one family, consists of more than 200,000 documents and 50,000 objects. The documents and objects at Lorenzo comprise the most extensive collection held within the NY State Historic Site System.
Lincklaen/Ledyard Collection, 1740-1970, bulk 1780-1960
Dating from the 1790s through 1970, the Lincklaen/Ledyard collection in the Lorenzo archive contains correspondence, land records, wills, maps, store and personal account ledgers, photographs, ephemera, and more created, collected or relating to the family members, enslaved, servants, and business and personal associates.
Collection ID: LL001
The Helen Lucy Kennard Collection, 1700s-1960s, bulk 1800-1945
Helen Lucy Kennard was a direct descendant of the Ledyard family name. Throughout her life, Helen took a great interest in her family's history and compiled genealogical research piecing together her history that she wanted to publish as a book. Her collection contain that same genealogical research, correspondence pertaining to said research, original land and business papers and original correspondence between her ancestors. The collection also contains ephemera, printed materials, newspaper clippings, and photographs that pertain to her research and her family history.
Collection ID: HK001
The Meadows Collection, 1700-1989, bulk 1860s-1950s
The Meadows collection is comprised of documents, papers, and photographs collected by the families that owned The Meadows mansion in Cazenovia, NY. These families include The Ledyards, The Hubbards, and The Oakmans, providing a snapshot of the personal life of an upper class family during the mid 1800s to the 1950s. Please see the scope and content note for a more in depth description of the collection.
Collection ID: ME001
Pringle Symonds Photograph Collection, 1890s-1940s, bulk 1890s-1920s
The Pringle Symonds Photograph Collection is comprise of loose photographs and scrapbooks of the Burden, Ledyard, and Krumbhaar Family. From this collection, it's assumed that the Burden Family were close friends with the Ledyard's, although, little is known about the relationship.
Collection ID: PS001
Samuel S. Forman Papers, 1750s-1900s, bulk 1770s-1820s
The Samuel S. Forman Papers contain administrative records, books, cattle and livestock papers, papers pertaining to the Cazenovia Post Office, certificates, correspondence, estate records, genealogy, Jonathan Denise Ledyard, government records, land documents, legal documents, lists, papers pertaining to the Madison County Court, John H. Oley, Richard Button Patent, slave documents, store documents, speeches and addresses, writings, and miscellaneous papers. Although the Samuel S. Forman Papers are primarily made up of business documents and papers from Forman's time as a shop owner of general stores for the Holland Land Company, and a store in Middletown Point, New Jersey. These business documents and papers include: account books and statements, ashes, bills and receipts, calculations, cashbooks, correspondence, daybooks, invoice books, ledgers, memorandums, orders for payment, petty lists, receipt books, registers, scratch books, and suppliers for Forman's stores. Some business documents and papers pertain to business dealings with specific people and organizations such as Jonathan and Samuel Forman Sr., Oneida Turnpike Road Co., the Cazenovia Establishment, the Sloop Monmouth, Jacob H. Ten Eyck, Sweet and Lovejoy, the Third Great Western Turnpike, S. Van Rensselaer, and Isaac Van Vleck.
Collection ID: SF001
Moore Brothers Collection, 1870s-1970s; undated, bulk 1960s-1970s
This Moore Brothers Collection is comprised mostly of documents pertaining to the sale of Lorenzo in 1969 to the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation. This collection also includes genealogical research and personal correspondence, but it makes up a very small part of the collection.
Collection ID: MB001
Fairchild Family Papers, 1810s-1930s; undated, bulk 1810s-1890s
The Fairchid Family Papers are comprised of materials that were assumed to have been compiled by members of the Fairchild Family, although it's unknown as to who compiled them.
Collection ID: FA001
Jane Kennard Gilman Collection, 1820s-1900s, bulk c.1850s-1900s
This collection contains advertisements, business documents, correspondence, lists, petitions, photographs, printed materials, stamps, and writings. All materials within this collection are from the ancestors of Jane Kennard Gilmore's grandmother, Helen L. Stebbins (nee Kennard). These ancestors include members of the Childs, Fairchilds, Ledyards, and Stebbins families.
Collection ID: JG001
Henry H. Potter Papers, 1887, 1920, bulk 1887, 1900
This collection is made up of business documents and papers that were kept by Henry H. Potter. These documents and papers include bank notes, bills and receipts, checkbooks, checks and cancelled checks, miscellaneous materials, daybooks, and ledgers.
Collection ID: HP001
Aaron White Papers, 1820s-1930s, bulk 1840s-1890s
The Aaron White Papers contain land documents such as land surveys, assessment rolls, maps, notes, descriptions of lands, lists of some sections of the Delphi Cemetery in Delphi Falls, New York, and an aerial photograph of Cazenovia, New York; educational documents such as calculation examples and notes from a geometry lesson; administrative records such as annual records from the M.E. Church in Cazenovia, New York; floorplans from an unidentified building; and various estate records.
Collection ID: AW001