Freethought orator Robert Green Ingersoll delivered some thirty-three lectures at seventeen venues between Rochester and Utica. The Ingersoll Lectures Trail brings together all the sites where he is known to have lodged or lectured inside the Freethought Trail's coverage area. This Curated Trail begins in Penn Yan and terminates in Auburn, New York.
Lawyer, political speechmaker, and freethought orator Robert Green Ingersoll repeatedly crisscrossed the country lecturing on politics, culture, and (most controversially) religion. The Ingersoll Lectures Trail brings together all the sites where he lodged or lectured in the Trail's coverage area.
This Trail consists mostly of unmarked sites. Many are parking lots or irrelevant twentieth-century commercial buildings today. Unfortunately, few of the glamorous nineteenth-century "opera houses" where Ingersoll spoke survive today. (The Breese Opera House in Norwich is a welcome exception.)
Nonetheless, when you follow this Curated Trail you will literally follow in the steps of the Great Agnostic. Stand where history happened, and know that "Ingersoll Spoke Here!"