Only Return to His Birth County by Robert Green Ingersoll
September 24–25, 1889
Robert Green Ingersoll returned to the area of his birth only once, in 1889, when he was fifty-six years of age. Accompanied by his wife Eva and his daughters Eva and Maud, he traveled to Penn Yan by rail. This reflects the sentimental nature of this trip, as Ingersoll usually traveled alone when on one of his lecture tours.
The family lodged at the Benham House, Penn Yan's premier hostelry.