Knox Farm State Park Offers Diverse Mix of Activities
What do you get when you mix history and culture with nature and recreation? Knox Farm State Park in East Aurora.
Anyone seeking an historic site in Western New York to hike nature trails, exercise dogs, cross country ski, snowshoe, horseback ride, stage a wedding, hold a business conference, bicycle, visit a library, picnic, experience a world-class philharmonic orchestra, attend an exhibition of fine arts and crafts, or just sit on a bench and enjoy the scenery will find it at this sprawling 633-acre gemstone among the area hills, trees, and meadows. Most of it is free of charge and all is made possible through the efforts of the Friends of Knox Farm State Park or simply, the Friends.
Founded in 2006, the Friends is a group of volunteers who preserve and protect the recreational, historical, and cultural resources of the park through programs and activities that develop an understanding and appreciation for the park, nature, and the environment. Enthusiasm is high this year among Friends directors for activities aimed at attracting both seasoned and new visitors to the park as well as adding to the group’s corps of volunteers and due-paying members.
The Friends recently renewed an agreement with the State of New York Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to serve as the official organization overseeing and managing the activities in the park. At the same time, the Friends renewed another agreement with the state to lease the Main House for the purpose of renting the house for public events such as weddings, business meetings, and community gatherings.
One of the most popular events is the Spring Art Show that takes place in the park’s Main House. The event is staged again in November, as our holiday art show and is considered by many to be a valuable holiday gift resource. It is expected that over 100 outstanding artists will display and offer for sale their works at these shows.
Visitors to the Main House will now enter the park through freshly refurbished iron gates. The Board is working closely with the State to undertake additional restoration projects that include painting, insulation, and lighting—both interior and exterior—in and around the Main House. Further, discussions have begun toward the completion of repairs to the park’s iconic stone walls. Improvements to the immensely popular dog park are anticipated. And watch for an activities calendar planned to appear on the park Web site and Facebook page as well as in local print and digital media.
Not unlike most small non-profit organizations, without a cadre of members and volunteers the work of the Friends cannot be done. Anyone wishing to become a member of the Friends and/or to volunteer to support its various activities should contact membership director Rachel Stepien at