Saturday, August 25, 2012

Eastman House and Hamlin SP NY

Aug 23, 2012 Thur
Check one off the bucket list. Rochester NY is home to the Eastman House. This was the home of the late George Eastman (I’m sure you have heard of Eastman Kodak).
George Eastman was the inventor of the first film in roll form in1884 and the Kodak camera in 1888.
Eastman House is not just his mansion. It’s also a series of galleries containing a large amount of photographic history. There is an underground archive that contains photographs of famous people and events in history and even Hollywood movies.
The mansion has a lovely garden area where special events and concerts are held. While I was there an on loan exhibit of bronze statues was being displayed in the gardens. These sculptures were created by artist Todd McGrain. The name of the exhibit is "Lost Birds". Each bronze bird sculpture represents a North American bird that has been driven to extinction. The artist seeks to permanently install the bronze memorials in the locations where the birds were last seen alive in the wild.
I’m camped at Hamlin Beach SP just south of Rochester NY. There is only 20 Amp electrical and you have to pack your trash out with you. Other than that it’s an awesome campground. The sites are far apart and separated by dense growth underbrush and trees. There is a huge groomed area along the shores of Lake Ontario.
Carolina Parakeet
Great Auk
Labrador Duck
George's House - Big Bucks - Never Married - No Children
George's Staircase
Lake Ontario at Hamlin Beach State Park

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