4983
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
Length
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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Jenny Monroe
Jenny Monroe served as site coordinator for Road Scholar programs at the Watson Homestead from 2002 to 2019. In her retirement, she continue to lecture on glass, Iroquois culture and other local history topics. Prior to her work with Road Scholar, she managed education and travel programs at the Rockwell Museum of American Art in Corning for 23 years and worked at the Clemens Performing Art Center in Elmira. She uses her undergraduate theatre training as a professional storyteller and weaves spellbinding stories.

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

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