Robert Green Ingersoll was born on August 11, 1833, in Dresden, New York. His father was a poor minister who moved from church to church; the family left Dresden less than four months after Robert's birth.
His birthplace has been restored and is now the Robert Green Ingersoll Birthplace Museum. The house remains the only one of Ingersoll’s many residences still standing and open to the public. Exhibits include an orientation video, a rich collection of Ingersoll memorabilia and literature, a period restoration of the room in which Ingersoll was born, and a local history room.