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A place for animal shelter, 

history, 

conservation, 

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

compassion

respect

perseverance

We have Compassion for the animals in our care.

Our Shelter

Cracker Box Palace is our farm animal shelter. We are the only shelter for farm animals in our area, working with county and local humane societies to take in animals subject 

to abuse or neglect, and nurture them back to health. Our residents-- currently around 150+ horses, pigs, goats, sheep, cows, geese, chickens, rabbits and a few patrolling farm cats and more -- They welcome your visit and any interest you may have in adoption.

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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! 

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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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hiking

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trails

  • Moonlit Hike & Star Gazing
    Moonlit Hike & Star Gazing
    Fri, Apr 05
    Cracker Box Palace at Alasa Farms
    Apr 05, 2024, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
    Cracker Box Palace at Alasa Farms, 6450 Shaker Rd, Alton, NY 14516, USA
    Apr 05, 2024, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
    Cracker Box Palace at Alasa Farms, 6450 Shaker Rd, Alton, NY 14516, USA
    Join us as we kick off our Eclipse Viewing weekend with a moonlit hike & star gazing event! Enjoy a guided moonlit hike along our yellow trail and look for constellations in our eclipse viewing field. Tickets on sale now!
  • Pre- Eclipse Astrophotography Lessons
    Pre- Eclipse Astrophotography Lessons
    Multiple Dates
    Sat, Apr 06
    Cracker Box Palace at Alasa Farms
    Apr 06, 2024, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
    Cracker Box Palace at Alasa Farms, 6420 Shaker Rd, North Rose, NY 14516, USA
    Apr 06, 2024, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
    Cracker Box Palace at Alasa Farms, 6420 Shaker Rd, North Rose, NY 14516, USA
    Bring your cell phone or camera to learn how to adjust settings and take pictures of the moon and prepare to take pictures of the Total Solar Eclipse on Monday! Cell Phones must be at least be an Iphone 13, Google Pixel 6, Samsung s22 or newer to capture the best astronomical photos!
  • 2024 Solar Eclipse Viewing Event
    2024 Solar Eclipse Viewing Event
    Mon, Apr 08
    Cracker Box Palace at Alasa Farms
    Apr 08, 2024, 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
    Cracker Box Palace at Alasa Farms, 6420 Shaker Rd, North Rose, NY 14516, USA
    Apr 08, 2024, 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
    Cracker Box Palace at Alasa Farms, 6420 Shaker Rd, North Rose, NY 14516, USA
    Come to Cracker Box Palace at Historic Alasa Farms to enjoy the solar eclipse, a once in a lifetime experience! More Information available below!
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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

Development

Events & Fundraising

Gardening & Grounds

Volunteer Coordination

Grants Writing

Historic Preservation

Trails & Conservation

Agriculture

LART

Facility Maintenance 

Farm Tours

Community Outreach

Youth Programs

Plan to attend one of our quarterly Volunteer Open Houses:

February, May, August, November

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

Or plan to attend one of our monthly Volunteer Orientations:

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

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