Corning's Intergenerational Experiences Over the Centuries
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!
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Program No. 4983RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Participate in the daily life of an early 19th-century frontier family while exploring the natural setting of 375-acre Watson Homestead. Participate in hands-on experiences including blacksmithing, open-hearth cooking, tin-punching, blowing a glass ornament and more. Take field trips to Watkins Glen Gorge and other sites, make art projects, wade in the creek, climb the 36-foot climbing tower, archery and much more during this Intergenerational week of fun.
Activity Level
Walking and standing up to one-half mile, two hours; uneven terrain.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Explore the Benjamin Patterson Inn Museum complex, including the inn built in 1796, one-room schoolhouse, early 19th-century log cabin and agricultural exhibit.
  • Discover glassmaking past and present at the Corning Museum of Glass, with its studio, Innovation Center and hot-glass show.
  • At the Glenn Curtiss Museum see "Curtiss Jenny" and other early aeroplanes and make a model airplane.

General Notes

Program is for grandchildren ages 8-12.
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Neil Yoder
Neil Yoder has served as the program director at the Watson Homestead since 2002 where he oversees the program facilities and facilitates leadership training. As a former elementary school teacher, he’s made inroads with local schools to design natural science programs using the resources on site. He leads hiking excursions during Road Scholar programs, and assists with the intergenerational programs.
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