If you are in the Barker, NY area (which few people are), and you have a few free moments (which some people do), then go take a look at St. Patrick's Church. The church has an attached graveyard that looks like something right out of an 19th century novel. The names of local men who died in the U.S. Civil War are on some of the headstones.
This quiet rural community has a crime rating below average in risk. That makes it, at least statistically, quite safe.
There are no registered sex offenders in the area. Violent crimes are committed very infrequently here.
Use the same precautions you would use at home and you should be able to have a safe and happy visit to Barker.
Power station for Barker and Somerset, NY.
On some summer days, you can see a nice yellow-brown trail heading out from the plant over Lake Ontario. Bet the people in the Adirondacks are happy about that.
This structure has all the original parts.
Built in 1875, its light beam could be seen over 17 miles offshore.
It was deactivated in the 50's and put on the New York Parks registry (for preservation) in the 80's. The inside has been completely renovated into bedrooms, a rest area and a museum. The lands around the house has been turned into Golden Hill State Park and Campgrounds.
You can schedule overnight stays inside the lighthouse main building.
the address is 9691 lower lake road in barker,NY
From Rochester, NY take route 18 (or route 104) west to the intersection with route 269; follow route 269 northwest to Lower Lake Road; go west on Lower Lake Road and look for the Golden Hill signs and take the westmost entrance.
From Barker, gp north on Quaker Road to route 18 and then east to Carmen Road; go north on Carmen and then east on Lower Lake Road to Golden Hill Park entrance.
(if the main entrance to the park is closed, there is a maintenance road entrance just west of the main gate)
Somerset Park is a small park just north of Barker, NY where you can take the family for a nice picnic or play some baseball with the kids. There two rentable pavilions and several picnic tables with grill stands. Five ball fields, a tennis court , basket ball court, built-in horseshoe pits and two playgrounds for the kids gives you facilities for just about any activity you would like to try.
It is also just a great place to throw out a blanket on the grass and take a break from the vacation schedule.
There are handicap accessible facilities near the parking area.
to get there:
8700 Haight Road
Haight Road intersects Quaker Road (route 148) just south of route 18 (SeaWay Trail). go east on Haight Road from route 148 and see the park signs