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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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Spiritual Experiences


Watson Homestead is a non-denominational facility. We welcome individuals and groups of all beliefs and faiths.  The Watson Homestead is a venue that encourages and fosters personal growth and spiritual discovery.  Visitors come to Watson Homestead to express their spirituality in many different ways.    We would love to be the venue for your next retreat - please call us today for a booking!  If you are seeking information on clergy retreats, please click here.

The Chapel

Watson Homestead welcomes individuals and groups of all religious denominations, beliefs, and faiths. 

Dedicated to the memory of Thomas Watson’s wife, the Jeannette Kittredge Watson Chapel inspires all who enter.  The cut stone building is located at the north end of the Main Lodge. It seats 200  and has an overflow area that can accommodate an additional 50.  A 7-foot hand-hewn wooden cross is suspended from a stone column at the back of the altar.  The chapel contains a public address system, grand piano and organ.



Spiritual Experiences

The Watson Homestead has been the venue of choice for many spiritual retreats, past and present, and 2015 is no exception.  In April, we welcomed a group of women who became empowered through participation in rituals based on native cultural traditions.  In September, the Falling Leaves festival will be hosted here, which promotes the culture of the Seneca Nation of Indians.   Many spiritually enlightened people have also passed through our doors for yoga and wellness retreats - we hope you are next!