Syracuse and Rochester New York Regions

Box Hill Picnic
July 26, 2014

The Syracuse and Rochester Regions will meet on Saturday, July 26 at Rose Hill Mansion to step into Jane Austen’s world and experience a taste of early 19th-century life in the Finger Lakes region.  Members should meet at 11:00 AM at the picnic tables for a Box Hill picnic.  We are combining our picnic with Geneva Historical Society’s Jane Austen Day.

Throughout the day, participants can encounter War of 1812 re-enactors, hear gallery talks about the ritual of tea or the Rose Family, try writing with a quill pen, and sample period foods in the Rose Hill kitchen.  At 11:30 AM Master Gardner John Fouracre will explore gardening in Regency England, and at 1:00 PM the Country Dancers of Rochester will give demonstrations of English Country Dancing accompanied by live music of the period.  There will be period clothing, needlework, and tea services on display in the house.  The public is encouraged to join in the fun by dressing in Regency fashions.  There will also be a period picnic contest.  Bring a picnic fit for Mr. Knightly and enter it in the contest, then sit down to enjoy it on the lawn at Rose Hill.  Jane Austen Day runs from 10 AM to 4 PM.  Admission to the event is $5 per person and includes entrance to the mansion.  For more information about Jane Austen Day visit

Rose Hill Mansion is located at 3373 Route 96A, about a mile south of Routes 5&20, near Geneva, New York.  Rose Hill is administered by the Geneva Historical Society at 543 South Main Street, Geneva, New York.

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