New York

Frontier Life: A Time Travel Adventure With Your Grandchild

Enjoy frontier-style fun at historic Watson Homestead, where you and your grandchild will try your hand at blacksmithing, glassblowing, ice cream making and much more!
Rating (5)
Program No. 4983RJ
6 days
Starts at
1,249 / ADULT
749 / CHILD

At a Glance

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to time travel? On this living history program in Corning, New York, you and your grandchild can find out what it would be like to live on the frontier in the 1800s! The beautiful natural setting of the 375-acre Watson Homestead is your frontier for the week as you take part in activities that 19th-century families needed to survive, from blacksmithing to blowing glass. Walk in the footsteps of frontier families as you step inside an inn built in 1796 and a 19th-century log cabin and sit at a desk in a one-room schoolhouse. Plus, find out what frontier families did for fun as you go creek wading, make ice cream by hand, try archery and more!
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking and standing up to one-half mile, two hours; uneven terrain.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Discover glassmaking past and present at the Corning Museum of Glass, with its studio, Innovation Center and hot-glass show, and try your hand at glassmaking yourself!
  • Enjoy the outdoors at the Homestead and surrounding areas on hikes to a waterfall in Watkins Glen State Park and a nature walk through Watson woods.
  • Enjoy free time to swim at the pool every afternoon, and take part in evening activities like making ice cream and stories by the campfire!

General Notes

Program is for grandchildren ages 8-12.
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Kirk House
Kirk House is a leading writer and researcher on the history of the Southern Finger Lakes and aviation innovator Glenn H. Curtiss. He served as the director of the Glenn Curtiss Museum for six years and lectured internationally about Curtiss, the Father of Naval Aviation. Kirk is also an adjunct professor of history at Genesee Community College, and he’s written and published 12 books. For over 15 years, House has been putting his expertise to good use as a Road Scholar instructor at Watson Homestead.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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