The Historic Landscape Award recognizes and encourages the preservation, restoration and stewardship of historically significant landscapes in our nine-county region.
The Wadsworth Family:The Homestead and Hartford House properties Main Street, Village of Geneseo, Livingston County
Located in one of the few villages to achieve National Historic Landmark designation, the two estate properties of the Wadsworth family date back to the 1790s. With an initial purchase of 2,000 acres, the family holdings increased over the years, eventually becoming one of the largest properties in western New York. Two unique homes were built, located at the north and south ends of Geneseo’s Main Street. Set on a 300-acre site, The Homestead was originally built c. 1804, but moved and expanded on its South Main Street location in the late 19th century. Today, it is the oldest, continually owned private estate west of the Hudson River. William Wadsworth and his family are the sixth generation to care for this house, which has transitioned into an event center. Hartford House, built c. 1840s, is the Wadsworth residence located at the north end of the village. Designed after Hartford House in London, England, this elegant, Regency Revival residence is the home of Wadsworth family member, Corrin Strong, and is also available for special events. Both properties retain much of their agricultural character, including historic outbuildings, the original land office, extensive acreage, magnificent views across the valley, and the signature “Wadsworth oaks,” that have characterized this unique landscape for nearly 200 years.