About us

Elizabeth Smith Miller and Anne Fitzhugh Miller sitting on a porch

Lochland has a rich history dating back to its founding in 1903. Originally known as the “Lochland School for Girls,” it’s first incarnation was established by the Benjamin sisters (pictured above), who sought to create an educational institution that emphasized academic excellence and character development for young women. Later, in 1933, Lochland became a school for children with special needs, under the auspices of Mrs. Florence Stewart, who at the time was widely recognized as a pioneer in the education of children with intellectual and physical disabilities. She served as Lochland’s Executive Director for over fifty years until her death in 1983, Her home, Stewart House, is still the center of our campus along the beautiful shores of Lake Seneca in New York’s Finger Lakes region.

Stewart House was built in 1896 is also noted in the New York State register of historic places as a meeting place for Geneva area’s suffragettes, and as possible stopping point on the Underground Railroad.

outside of the main lochland house

Throughout its history, Lochland has continued to uphold a tradition of excellence. With its beautiful campus, dedicated staff, and supportive community, Lochland remains a cherished institution in the Geneva area. Its current mission, serving the IDD community, has been the focus of the organization for nearly 100 years.
two chairs in front of seneca lake

Over the years, Lochland has evolved to meet the changing needs of its community. In 2005 Lochland was certified by New York State’s Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) and has been working in partnership with the state to maintain compliance and serve our clients with standardized care. The organization’s Executive Director and Mission has been overseen by an all-volunteer Board of Directors, made up of family members and community supporters since it’s inception.


Creating opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to celebrate independence and encourage success.


Creating Opportunities. Celebrating Abilities. Encouraging Success.

Volunteer with us!

Lochland always appreciates help from the community. We are run by an all-volunteer Board of Directors and are looking for new members! A long history exists of members of the community volunteering their time and talents to Lochland, whether college students or senior citizens. Many people have shared their talents and time: visits from Santa Claus, musical groups or individuals performing, reading books to residents, teaching residents’ computer skills….The list goes on and on.

Lochland Residents and Day Habitation clients are currently participating in volunteer activities throughout Geneva. Residents are always looking to explore new volunteer activities as they offer an opportunity to learn and grow.

For information or questions on volunteering please contact Julie at 315-789-5208, ext. 328 or email at jchiccino@lochlandinc.org