Rowland House opened to the public on May 1, 2014 after an extensive, multi-million dollar renovation. For more photographs of Rowland House, please visit our gallery, or visit our guestrooms page for room information, rates, and availability.
Built by Alonzo Morgan Zabriskie in 1902 on the eastern shore of Cayuga Lake, Rowland House is surrounded by ancient trees and rolling lawns.
Rowland House features twin parlors, a library, and a private dining room—all with restored and working fireplaces, original paneling, and other period architectural details. An executive boardroom, housed in the original billiard room, serves as a state-of-the-art location for meetings and small corporate retreats. Rowland House offers ten guest rooms, four of which comprise the entire third floor, decorated with MacKenzie-Childs’ distinctive furniture designs and accessories.
The restoration of Rowland House has enhanced its lakefront location with a two-story boathouse, fire pit, and extensive docks to accommodate guests arriving by boat. One of the inn’s most unique features is a small Grecian temple of significant historical importance that sits on a low bluff overlooking the lake. Originally a garden folly popular in the nineteenth century, the temple will be used today for outdoor wedding ceremonies.
Restoration of the property commenced in 2013 under the stewardship of philanthropist Pleasant T. Rowland, an alumna of Wells College, noted educator, author of early childhood literacy programs, and founder of American Girl. Ms. Rowland restored ten historic properties in Aurora between 2001 and 2007, many of which today comprise the Inns of Aurora.
“Rowland House is named after Pleasant to honor her vision, hard work, and generosity in the preservation of these historic properties and the revitalization of this lovely village,” explains Sue Edinger, general manager. “Each building is a part of Aurora’s rich history and tells a piece of its story. When the story of Aurora is told in the future, it will certainly contain a chapter on the critical role she has played.”