Barb's Retirement travel blog

Lighthouse at Fort Ontario in Oswego

Fort Ontario

Sodus Lighthouse

Lighthouse grounds

George Eastman home

Room at Eastman home

Waterfall in Rochester

Before we left the campground this morning, we walked to the beach area along Lake Ontario. It was a small beach, but private and, of course, a great view of the Lake.

We continued our tour along the Seaway Trail following the coast of New York and Lake Ontario. Our first stop was Southwick Beach State Park. This park is adjacent to the Lakeview Wildlife Management Area and contains coastal sand dunes. It is a nice park with camping facilities and concession stand. It was surprisingly busy for a Wednesday. We decided not to spend much time there, but would certainly recommend it for camping and picnicking.

The next stop was Fort Ontario at Oswego. The fort was active in the French and Indian War in the 1750s, and also was the site of British attack in the early 1800s. There was a lighthouse there and a cemetery of soldiers from both the French and Indian War and the British/American War.

Next we stopped at Big Sodus Lighthouse, a very nicely kept lighthouse easily accessible. The lighthouse was instrumental during on the Underground Railroad as a beacon to slaves escaping into Canada.

We drove into Rochester, New York, and stopped at the George Eastman home and museum. Eastman was founder of Kodak Company and had a magnificent mansion in Rochester. The museum traces the beginning of cameras and has quite a collection of photography-related artifacts. We drove downtown to see the 100-foot waterfall in the restored industrial section of old Rochester. The waterfall is right in the middle of town on the Genesee River.

We drove on to Albion where we are spending the night at Walmart.

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