A place for animal shelter, 



and recreation

Our mission is to provide shelter and sanctuary to farm animals, promote the rich history of the area, utilize sound conservation and agricultural practices, educate and engage our communities.

We are one place doing many things,

united by




We have Compassion for the animals in our care.

Our Shelter

Cracker Box Palace is our rescue shelter. We are the only shelter for large animals and farm animals in our area, working with the county and local humane societies to take in animals subject to abuse or neglect, and nurture them back to health. Our residents-- currently around 100+ horses, pigs, goats, sheep, cows, geese, chickens, rabbits and a few patrolling cats -- welcome your visit and any interest you may have in adoption.


We Respect our history and the natural world.

Our animals live in farm buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places and on a property with deep ties to the region’s distinctive history. Alasa Farms was the site of not one, but two utopian communities in the 19th Century, with two buildings from the Shaker period still surviving.


If you love history, there is so much for you to see

and do at Historic Alasa Farms.

We Persevere and work hard.

Those who came before us, as custodians of the land, worked hard. Their ability to persevere characterized their presence here, and remains central to our ethics today.

Working hard is important and so is working together. We made a commitment this year to move toward hay self-sufficiency.


Consider joining our group for our summer hay harvests! 


Our Commitment

In addition to history and shelter, we offer many opportunities for recreation and contemplation, including hiking, riding, and birding on our extensive trail system. Enjoy our forested land and explore Second Creek as it enters Sodus Bay.

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horseback riding





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Join the team

Volunteering is one of the most selfless acts that we can become involved in. Every one of our volunteers helps us carry out our mission with compassion, respect, and perseverance.

There are many opportunities to serve...

animal care/feeding

brand development

events & fundraisers


gift shop


grounds & maintenance


land use


special skills (carpentry, painting, electrical, etc.) tours/community booths

trail work


youth programs

Plan to attend one of our monthly Volunteer Orientations:

2nd Saturday 10:30am-12:00pm


4th Thursday 6:00pm - 7:30pm