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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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New For 2017: Glassmaking and Society in Gilded-Age New York

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New For 2017: Glassmaking and Society in Gilded-Age New York

Journey through rolling hills from Corning to Elmira, New York and explore the landscape and abolitionist ideas that inspired Mark Twain during his 20 summers there. Visit Quarry Farm, the place where he wrote his most famous novels, and compare the late 19-century that Twain labeled “The Gilded Age” with our 21st-century American social issues and democratic ideals. Explore the social history and resources of the Crystal City of Corning, and investigate the rivalry between two of the greatest glass designers of the era, Tiffany and Carder.  • Discover significant sites in Elmira, New York that commemorate Mark Twain including his grave site, his wife’s family abolitionist church and the Clemens Performing Arts Center. • Explore the Corning Museum of Glass to learn about the history of glassmaking and enjoy lectures on luxury glass designers LC Tiffany and Frederick Carder. • Visit the Chemung County History Museum and the Clemens Performing Arts Center, both made possible by funding stretching back to the Gilded Age.  ($699 per person double occupancy/ + $100 for single occupancy / $549 no accommodations) Road Scholar Course #22775. Activity level 3: Moderate.