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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


Summer Wedding at the Pavilion


Watson Labyrinth

Many guests have pass through our doors for spiritual, healing/recovery and wellness retreats.

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Native Nations Festival

In September, “Seven Generations of Stewards” hosts the Native Nations Festival at Watson. It promotes the culture of the Seneca Nation of Indians.