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Cherry Valley Lilacs at Bates Hop House & Barracks

A family owned lilac farm in Cherry Valley, NY. They feature rare lilac plants, and have more than 150 varieties in their exhibit garden...They also make rich and soothing therapeutic lilac pomade and lilac Enfleurage absolute essential oil through the ancient process of Enfleurage. In 2017 they started making their own Lilac Enfleurage Absolute Essential Oil from their own Lilac Pomade. Currently theyare the only lilac farm in the world doing large scale traditional Enfleurage. Their production comprises the world supply of Lilac Enfleurage Absolute Essential Oil.

The Hops Barn was built in 1861, and the hops harvest was a very important employer in the area, where young men could earn enough in a season to buy their sweetheart's dowry. Then in 1862 the Union Army used the barn as a barracks for processing enlisted Civil War soldiers. More than 400 soldiers were barracked there and went off to fight some of the key battles of the War.

Plan your trip around peak lilac season, third and fourth week of May.  Free tours of the Lilac Exhibit Garden and Perfumery by appointment. Rare lilacs for sale in the nursery. Call to schedule a visit.

Workshops in the Art of Enfleurage and Perfume Making available.


We strongly advise that you check business websites, social media or call ahead for the most up-to-date information on possible limited hours and whether reservations are necessary or not. 

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    During the late 1700s, the small village of Cherry Valley was the gateway to America's Western Frontier.

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