The distinctive red barn at Fallbrook and its 188 acres of adjoining land have undergone significant changes in appearance and use since it was originally built in 1898 (after a fire destroyed the original structure built in 1895).
1898-1957: The property, owned by the Town of Oswego, was initially used as the Oswego City Alms (Poor) House.
1961-1968: After the university purchased, remodeled and renamed the property to Fallbrook, it served as a men’s dormitory until West Campus residence halls were built.
1969: No longer functioning as a dorm or a barn, Fallbrook became host to the university’s equestrian program, with a large metal pole barn featuring an enclosed riding arena with a dozen stalls. A motorized tow rope on the hillside provided students with a convenient lift for skiing and sledding in the snowy Oswego winters.
Mid-1970s: WRVO Public radio tower installed atop the hill.
1980: Horses removed from barn. (Today, equestrian program now functions out of Mexico, N.Y.)
2000s: The annual Friday night “Come As You Were” BBQ during Reunion Weekend takes hold, growing to become the largest event over the four-day weekend with anywhere between 500-700 people in attendance.
Today: SUNY Oswego Auxiliary Services owns and operates the property, which includes a barn to host weddings and events, ski lodge for year-round use and trails for hiking, photography and relaxation.
Check out the facilities for yourself during Reunion Weekend 2023 — June 8-11!
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