By Snoop Junkie
Since 1955, Camp Haccamo has been a fun filled getaway for both adults and children with varying mental and physical disabilities. First established on Panorama Creek Drive in Penfield (just behind Panorama Plaza), Haccamo was free to the 300 plus campers per year who participated. But in 2009 camp organizers ended their relationship with the town of Penfield and moved to Rush, NY – while, oddly, leaving quite a bit of stuff behind…
Haccamo was operated by the Monroe County Rotary which also ran the Rotary Sunshine Camp in Rush. Both camps were funded mainly with private donations, including $200,000 annually from Wegmans. But in 2008 Wegmans notified them that funding would be eliminated.
According to this article Wegmans gave the camps a one-time payment of $1 million as incentive to merge together at that time, and the land was put up for sale.
When arriving at the entrance, I couldn’t help but notice how strange it felt that we were just off a main road in the heart of Penfield, yet I felt like we were so far away, isolated and cut off from society. It was definitely an unnerving feeling.
The 10 acre camp consists of 24 separate building units, including sleeping cabins and recreational buildings for activities such as music participation and arts & crafts.
It almost seemed as though this place was abandoned in quite a hurry. Mostly junk and worthless supplies remained, but also a number of pianos, bedding, a pool table, music equipment and other various items were left to rot in the elements.
The building structures for the most part are intact yet coming apart at the seams slowly and surely. It’s questionable whether or not much of this place could be salvaged or reused for anything at this point.
All of these activities are sure to make campers tire out. Let’s see what the sleeping quarters are like…
The grounds are lightly maintained still, but it’s really something to see how mother nature begins to reclaim her territory over just a few short years. The outer grounds contain an array of trails for hiking, and areas for various sports.
Last I knew, the land has been for sale ever since the organization shipped out to Rush, but rumor has it that this site may in fact be revitalized to serve as working camp grounds once again! Not entirely sure about that though.
Maybe there’s someone out there who can shed a little more light on this story – what’s the status of the property, and why it was left the way it was?
Anyway, that just about brings us to the end of our Haccamo tour. As always, drop a comment below. And happy camping 😉
Tags: abandoned, abandoned places, Camp Haccamo, Monroe County Rotary, Penfield, Penfield NY, Rochester, Rochester NY, Rotary Sunshine Camp, Rush, Rush NY, Snoop Junkie, urban exploration, Wegman's
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