Compassion Respect Perseverance
Cracker Box Palace at Alasa Farms is a unique place. We are a special kind of animal shelter -- and we are more besides that as well.
Cracker Box Palace is our large and farm no-kill animal shelter, the only one of its kind in the Wayne County area. We are a haven for farm animals who need shelter and care as they recover from illness, neglect or abuse. Our Large Animal Rescue Team works closely with the county and our local humane society to bring animals in need of shelter into a caring and supportive environment. We are currently home to 100+ horses, cows, sheep, goats, pigs, geese, chickens, and rabbits. They welcome your visit!
Our residents have the distinction of occupying a beautiful 640 acre tract of land, comprised of fields, forest, and historically significant buildings. Our hundreds of acres are ripe with opportunities to explore, with numerous marked trails through the forest and down to Second Creek as it heads into Sodus Bay. We offer wonderful opportunities to commune with nature and view local wildlife.
Cracker Box Palace at Historic Alasa Farms will strive to be a model farm in the
community by embracing the values of compassion, respect, and perseverance.
To provide shelter and sanctuary to farm animals, promote the rich history of the area,
and utilize sound conservation and agricultural practices by education of and engagement with the community.
The farm has deep ties to the region's distinctive history. In the 1800s the farm hosted not one but two utopian communities: the deeply religious Shakers and the lesser known Fourierists, enthusiastically committed to the many social reforms such as abolitionism and women's rights that swept through upstate New York prior to the Civil War. In the 20th century the farm was owned by Alvah Griffin Strong, grandson of the first president of Kodak, who developed the farm as a model of progressive techniques in agriculture and husbandry. It was during this period that we became known as Alasa Farms. Two of our buildings date back to the Shaker era, but all of the buildings in our community are historically significant. The entire site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
We offer our animals a caring and supportive environment. We offer the community the ability to visit our animals, to connect with the natural world, and to reflect on the area's interesting history.
In 2009, we made a commitment to the preservation of these woods and farm land. The Department of Conservation helped us develop a forestry plan. We also partnered with Genesee Land Trust to put an easement in place as a way to preserve the farm and its land, now and for the future.
The farm-scape offers an abundance of nature and beauty to view and experience. To share this with our community, our trail system was developed.
Our current trails wrap around the perimeter of the farm and are perfect for hiking, wildlife watching, bird and endangered species observations, and horseback riding.
Location and Mailing Address:
6420 Shaker Road
North Rose, NY 14516
PO Box 174
Alton, NY 14413
The farm is open daily from dawn to dusk.
Barns are open Tuesday - Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
No adoptions, admissions, or guided tours on Sundays or Mondays.