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9620 Dry Run Road
Painted post, NY 14870


Watson Homestead is a full service conference and retreat center, open year-round, serving 8000 - 10,000 guests annually.  In addition to hotel-style accommodations and meeting rooms, Watson Homestead Conference and Retreat Center has an indoor, heated swimming pool; climbing tower, historic one room schoolhouse, hiking trails, miniature golf, archery range, ball fields, covered picnic pavilion, full summer cabin area, playgrounds and a meditation labyrinth. Guests are served home-cooked, healthy meals buffet style in our dining room with a fireplace and panoramic view of 375 acres.  Call us today to book a day or overnight meeting or retreat.  Watson Homestead is an excellent location for youth, sports or organizational retreats, weddings, clergy or religious retreat groups, conferences, trade shows, banquets, seminars, quilt, scrapping, yoga and wellness retreats, team building and staff training retreats.

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In Memoriam

Watson Homestead would like to celebrate and honor the life of Shirley Edsall. Shirley served the Watson community through many contributions in thought and kind. We were always inspired by her friendship and vibrant personality. Shirley's legacy will live-on through our "Edsall Climbing Tower," and Road Scholar (formerly Elderhostel) program. We will miss Shirley on this earth, but will feel her presence always in our hearts. Love, The Watson Homestead Staff.

Campbell | Shirley Ann Edsall, 82, of Campbell, NY died suddenly on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at Guthrie Corning Hospital. Shirley was born January 16, 1933 in Bath, NY, the daughter of Otis and Marjorie Phillips Edsall.

Shirley was a graduate of Campbell Central High School in 1950, she had a Bachelors and Masters Degree from SUNY Albany, and earned her PhD in library science at Indiana University. Shirley started her teaching career at Campbell Central School then taught at Corning Community College, the University of Michigan and SUNY Buffalo Graduate Library School. She was head librarian at the Corning Community College. She was Director of Learning Resources at the United Health Services in Johnson City. She retired in 1988. In 1993, Shirley joined the Watson Homestead staff as Elderhostel Coordinator. When she died she was Thurston Town Historian. She was docent of Corning Museum of Glass and Rockwell Museum. She was a past president of the Corning Area Retired Teachers Assoc. Shirley was a member of Clionian and Painted Post Historical Society, she volunteered at the Patterson Inn, the Dormann Library and the Bath VA Center's recreation department, and was awarded volunteer of the year twice. She was a master gardener. She was an active member of the Thurston Senior Citizens and Bone Builders of Campbell.

She was predeceased by her parents and brothers Gerald and Richard Edsall. She will be greatly missed by a large number of loving relatives and dear friends.

Family and friends may call at Fagan's Funeral Home in Bath, NY on Monday August 31, 2015 from 1:00-3:00 and 6:00-8:00 pm with a rosary recitation at 8:00pm. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Tuesday September 1st at 11:00 am at St. Joseph's Church in Campbell with Father Patrick Connor as celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Catherine's Cemetery, Addison, NY. Memorials in Shirley's name may be made to the Children's Miracle Network at

Published in The Corning Leader on Aug. 29, 2015