visit the RIT Campus
Rochester Institute of Technology is not only a fine college it also has some very nice architecture and gardens on the campus.
You can walk around the Tojo garden with its soothing water sounds and varying ground textures. Stroll through the shade and quiet of the more formally layed out garden of trees and shrubs.
Benches and outcrops dot the passageways between the buildings so you can get out of the pedestrian flow and relax and do a little people watching.
Modern sculpture is visible among the campus buildings: LBJ Building has the massive cubes; the massive sundial at the Residence Quadrangle; the modern art loop in Infinity Square; the impressive power of the bronze tiger at the Student Union; the Recliner pop-art in front of the Eastman Quadrangle and many, many more.
Stop at the visitors center to pick up brochures that show you the locations of all the fine arts and gardens. It is located at the second round-about when you enter the campus from Jefferson Road and go south on Lomb Drive on campus.
- Road Trip
The cobblestone farm house and barn and the acres of land around them are the old homestead of the Tinkers. Today it is a registered site showing the elegance of a federal style house and the independence of 19th century farm families. Touring the home and the adjacent museum you will see the way that the family lived and the momentos and memorabilia that they left for us to view.
Cobblestone architecture was popular around the Monroe County area in the mid-1800s. Most cobblestones were built utilizing glacier-deposited stones and the native limestone required for mortar; all the raw materials were close at hand in this area.
The art of the period is also seen in the portraits and scenery paintings that hang inside the farm house.
The tools of the farmer are on display in the barn.
$5 for a guided tour is the present cost and donations to the historical society are welcomed.
Open noon to 4PM on Tues., Wed., Thurs., Sat.
- Road Trip
- Museum Visits
Hansen Nature Center
Henry Hansen bestowed onto the town the land and the money and a log cabin that eventually evolved into the Hansen Nature Center. It is a local education center for adults and cildren interested in learning about the flora and fauna of Western New York State.
For the nominal fee of $1 per student, local schools can send kids here to get upto two hours of information in the Nature Center and a short nature hike into Tinker Park. Boyscout and Girlscout troops are welcomed under the same conditions.
Anyone can go into the Center for free and do their own self-guided tour at no cost.
In the Center there are exhibits of the birds and animals that you can encounter in Monroe County in each of the major habitats (ponds and streams, fields, woods, marshes and glens)
A beekeeping section is being added in 2006.
Located in Tinker Park.
Open Tuesday-Saturday, 9AM to 3:30PM, and on Sunday from noon until 3PM.
- Hiking and Walking
- Road Trip